Pre-employment Transition Program Helps 70 Students in Western NC

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Seventy students are being helped through a partnership between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, area schools and Industrial Opportunities, Inc.

Nov. 30, 2018 – Approximately 70 high school students in western North Carolina received a leg up on finding success in school and employment thanks to a partnership between DHHS’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, area schools and Industrial Opportunities, Inc.

“This partnership provides students the opportunity to develop in-demand skills through real-world experiences with local employers,” said Chris Egan, Senior Director of Employment Services at DHHS. “Participating students take an active role in choosing what their future will be.”

The division’s Pre-Employment Transition Services help young people refine work habits, develop work readiness skills, receive individualized support for resume building and interviewing, while obtaining valuable work experience within their community. 

The partnership with Industrial Opportunities, Inc. serves six high schools throughout Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties and is coordinated by the division’s office in Sylva. Through similar partnerships with a variety of service providing organizations, the division offers Pre-employment Transition Services in 19 areas across the state.

For more information about Pre-employment Transition Services for youth and students, call 1-800-215-7227 or contact your local vocational rehabilitation office.

Author: Ryan Hill