Community Access, Incorporated (CAI), working in partnership
with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
(WVDRS) will implement the Pathways to the Future Program
throughout the state of West Virginia. This program will support
the design and implementation of programming and outreach
while addressing the new direction mandated by the Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Specifically, this program
will address the five mandated pre-employment transition services
for Vocational Rehabilitation clients, aged 14-21:
Pathways to the Future will ensure that all school districts in West Virginia are offered training and technical assistance in setting up community-based work experience programs for high school age youth with disabilities. A strong statewide outreach component will be included utilizing a variety of venues including billboards, social media, and direct marketing to teachers, parents, and students.
While the majority of transitioning Vocational Rehabilitation customers are students with developmental disabilities, a concerted effort will be made to include historically under-served groups including: students in the foster care system, those returning from out-of-state placements, and those students on the Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) track.
The Pathways to the Future Program will help level the playing field between resource-rich metropolitan areas and isolated rural settings that often have few services available.
PATHWAYS TO THE FUTURE PROJECT GOALS: