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Employment Services

Pre-Employment Transition Services

Pre-ETS stands for Pre-Employment Transition Services and is supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law on July 22, 2014.

Pre-ETS serves students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 14-22, in their high school classroom environment. This service ensures that students receive the skills and training necessary to reach their educational, career, and life goals after transitioning from high school to adulthood.

Pre-ETS uses 5 Pillars for Successful Transition:

Job Exploration
  • Explore jobs/careers in the community

  • Explore skills and qualities needed for career interest areas

  • Research degree or credential requirements for student’s preferred jobs

  • Assist with the completion of FAFSA

  • Identify academic accommodations needed

Post-Secondary Education
Work-Based Learning
  • Facilitate student participation in:

    • volunteer experiences

    • on-the-job training experiences

    • paid & non-paid apprenticeships/internships

    • paid & non-paid summer/after-school work experiences

    • school-based work opportunities

  • Assist with development of independent living skills

  • Help students prepare for & lead IEP, 504, & planning meetings

  • Assist with decision making about self-disclosure on the job

Workplace Readiness
  • Provide literacy intervention & training for the following skills:

    • time management

    • decision-making & problem-solving

    • soft skills & hard skills

    • social skills

  • Prepare students for & coordinate mock interviews.

Employment gives one dignity, independence, and purpose. We provide comprehensive services to help people with disabilities join or rejoin the workforce, including:

  • Determining a Career Path

  • Work Readiness Training

  • Job-seeking and Interview Skills

  • Connecting Clients to Employers

  • Supported Employment

  • Pre-Employment Transition Services

Employment services are primarily available to recipients of Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services. You can apply for VR services by contacting your local VR office.

Meet Our Employment Services Team

John M. Beare, M.Ed.
John M. Beare, M.Ed.
Director of Employment Services

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