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The Learn and Earn Program: Teaching Students with Disabilities Job Skills Training. National Academic Advising Association Conference “Advising Locally, Thinking Globally” Rutgers University, NJ Michele Sartori * Michelle A. Campbell * Sean Cruse

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the learn and earn program teaching students with disabilities job skills training

The Learn and Earn Program:Teaching Students with Disabilities Job Skills Training

National Academic Advising Association

Conference

“Advising Locally, Thinking Globally”

Rutgers University, NJ

Michele Sartori* Michelle A. Campbell * Sean Cruse

Abilities, Inc. * 201 I. U. Willets Road, Albertson, NY 11507

what is learn and earn

Empowering Students

Since 1990

What is Learn and Earn?

The Learn and Earn Program is a One-Year, Two-Semester Supportive Transitional Program for Recent High School Graduates Diagnosed with Disabilities

Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

goals

Empowering Students

Since 1990

Goals

The Goals of the Learn and Earn Program are to Facilitate

  • Transition Into

And

  • Retention Within

Post-Secondary Education and Adult Vocational Outcomes

Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

target population
The Learn and Earn Program Meets the Needs of Two Diverse Student Populations:

Students that fall between the cracks because they do not neatly fit into an post-secondary academic or vocational environment

Students with academic potential that would get lost or flounder without support and continued direction

Target Population

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location
Location
  • The Learn and Earn Program is Situated on the Campuses of Three Community Colleges Located in Both Suburban and Urban Environments in the States of New York and New Jersey

Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

bridging the gap
Individualized Attention

Academic Shadowing

Bridging the Gap
  • Facilitates Retention by Helping Students Commit to a Course of Action

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student growth
Student Growth
  • Self-Discovery
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Self-Direction
  • Self-Discipline

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eligibility requirements
Eligibility Requirements
  • High School Graduate
  • Diagnosed with a Disability
  • Recommendation by HS Counselor
  • Meets College Entry Requirements

Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

program components
Program Components
  • Academic Component
  • Vocational Component
  • Career Research Component
  • One-on-One Counseling

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program outcomes
Program Outcomes
  • Full-time College
  • Full-time Employment
  • Training Programs
  • Combination

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program partners
Program Partners

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learn earn program
Learn & Earn Program
  • Collaborative partnership with Abilities, Inc. grant funded through the Henry H. Kessler Foundation.
    • Based in New Jersey
    • Foundation focus on Physical Disabilities
  • Program enhances available services provided to students with physical disabilities

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support services for students with disabilities
Support Services for Students with Disabilities

Center for Academic & Student Success (CASS)

Advisement & Counseling

Career & Transfer Services

Tutorial Services

Student Support Services Program

Educational Opportunity Fund

Disability Support Services

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Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

disclosure and responsibility
Disclosure and Responsibility

It is student’s decision to disclose their disability and provide documentation.

It is the student’s responsibility to request accommodations.

It is the student’s responsibility to share specific accommodations with each professor.

Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

hccc student profile spring 08 09
HCCC Student Profile Spring ‘08 & ‘09

29 undergraduate students with physical and/or learning disabilities

Age range 17 – 22

Diversity of majors

Liberal Arts Accounting Culinary Arts

Education Sociology Psychology

Computer Science Criminal Justice

Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

identifying students
Identifying Students

Local Area High Schools

Undecided Student

Educating on Strengths and Abilities

College as a Viable Option

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Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

layout of hccc semester
Layout of HCCC Semester

First Semester students begin job development (resumes, cover letters, ‘thank you’ letters, etc.); and career exploration using internet resources (career/job search engines, career assessments)

  • Second Semester continues job development, focusing on interviewing, telephone skills, preparing students to be work-ready through employer workshops and mock interviews.

Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

self advocacy skills and employment
Self-Advocacy Skills and Employment

Self-Advocacy and Disabilities

Model Self-Advocacy in Action

Self-Advocacy in the Classroom

Examples of Self-Advocacy in the Media

Self-Advocacy on the Job

Real Life Examples in the Workplace

Increasing Self–Advocacy Improves a Students Ability to Interview and Address Supervisors About Their Needs

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Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

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One-on-One Counseling

Point of Contact

Continuity

Targeted Classroom Curriculum

Resume, Cover, Thank You

Internet Career Exploration

Classroom Discussion

Training Beyond the Classroom:Comprehensive Supports

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Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

training beyond the classroom comprehensive supports
Training Beyond the Classroom:Comprehensive Supports

Interactive Workshops (Abilities, Inc.)

Rights Under ADA

Workplace Accommodations

Mock Interviews

New York Life Insurance

Sovereign Bank

UPS

Dress for Success

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Abilities, Inc. 201 I. U. Willets Road Albertson, NY

program evaluation
Purpose

Methods of Collection

Quantitative

Qualitative

Program Evaluation

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program evaluation22
Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative:
    • Focus Group Session
  • Quantitative:
    • Orientation Assessment Survey
    • Semester-End Satisfaction Survey
    • Long Term Outcome Evaluation Survey
      • To be conducted

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student orientation hccc
Student Orientation- HCCC
  • Initial Student Indicators:
    • Orientation to Learn and Earn was useful
    • Students had been attending HCCC for average of 3 semesters
    • 33% employed at the time of orientation
  • Expectations and Objectives:
    • Employment
    • Academic
    • Personal

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student experiences hccc
Student Experiences-HCCC
  • 100% were confident/very confident in the skills they gained to obtain a job.
  • 79% were satisfied/very satisfied with the assistance they received from Learn and Earn
  • 79% indicated that their grades had improved
    • 71% of students were satisfied/very satisfied with their grades after completing their semester with Learn and Earn

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what about learn and earn was helpful
What about Learn and Earn was helpful?

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student experiences
Student Experiences
  • Focus Group:
    • Students Highlighted:
      • Individualized Attention
      • Confidence Building (Self-Advocacy)
      • Job Preparation Skills
      • Obtaining Accommodations

“Never thought I would go to college, Learn and Earn helped to get here.”

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helpful program aspects based on long term outcome study of ny programs

Other: Resume Prep

or Early Registration

6%

Skills Lab

9%

One-on-One

Counseling

29%

Tutoring Support

11%

Pre-Vocational

Instruction

9%

Career Exploration

19%

Helpful Program Aspects Based on Long Term Outcome Study of NY Programs

Computer

Programs

11%

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student outcomes based on long term outcome study of ny programs
Student OutcomesBased on Long Term Outcome Study of NY Programs
  • 79% Surveyed Still Enrolled in College
  • 68% of respondents attending school plan to continue their educationafter graduation
  • 39% of respondents indicated that they were currently employed
  • Most Indicated Program Helped Them Determine a Direction in Areas of:
    • Academics
    • Vocational Pursuits
  • Experience Improved their Life

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replication
Replication
  • Select Population to be Served
  • Select Academic Institution
  • Partnership with State VR
  • Canvas Local High Schools
  • Obtain Curriculum and Technical Support

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contact information
Contact Information:

For further information, technical assistance, or staff training, please contact:

Patricia Birbiglia, Director

Youth Transition Services

Learn and Earn Program

516-465-1496

pbirbiglia@abilitiesinc.org

Michelle A. Campbell, Sr. Coordinator

Youth Transition Services

Learn and Earn Program

516-465-3779

mcampbell@abilitiesinc.org

Sean Cruse, Evaluator

Research & Evaluation Center

Abilities!

516.465.1608

scruse@abilitiesonline.org

Michele Sartori, Counselor

Learn and Earn Program

Hudson County Community College

msatori@hccc.edu

Please visit our website: www.abilitiesinc.org

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The Learn and Earn Program:Teaching Students with Disabilities Job Skills Training

National Academic Advising Association

Conference

“Advising Locally, Thinking Globally”

Rutgers University, NJ

Michele Sartori*Michelle A. Campbell* Sean Cruse

Abilities, Inc. * 201 I. U. Willets Road, Albertson, NY 11507