Vocational Corner with Mrs. Beckman
I am District 115's Vocational Coordinator supporting young transitioning adults (ages 18-21) to reach individual post-secondary goals through education, employment, and independent living.
Our focus is inclusion for all young adults to become fully independent in their current and future employability skills.
As the Vocational Coordinator and as an educator, I truly believe a collaborative partnership between young adults, families and community partnerships promotes transition success within the following areas:
- Communication, Self-Advocacy, & Self Determination (Understanding and speaking for oneself in the workplace)
- Job Exploration and Researching (making connections to a career/job pathway)
- Post secondary education/training experience (Understanding the education/training process)
- Workplace readiness skills (Time management, Transportation, Applications, Interviews, and hiring processes)
- Work based learning experiences (non paid/paid employment or on-the job training experiences)
- Problem Solving (Completing work tasks, working with others on the job, addressing conflict, etc)
- Independence in the Adult Working World (Ultimate Goal)
In addition to skill development through the classroom, our young adults will also have the opportunity to apply skills through in-school and community work experience, and build interagency collaboration with appropriate adult services and supports.
When transition planning with each family, I facilitate collaborative conversations, suggest strategies, and highlight appropriate adult service agencies regarding a person's education/training, employment, behavioral health, and life needs.
If you have any additional comments, questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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