This course gives students the opportunityto synthesize all the skills acquired in previous Occupational Preparationcourse and apply them to their personal career choice.  This course allows students to solve work-relatedproblems experienced in competitive employment, practice self-advocacy skillsand master the theoretical and practical aspects of their career choice.  Students finish completing the 360 hours ofintegrated competitive employment in a community setting required forsuccessful completion of the Occupational Course of Study.  Students also will develop a job placementportfolio that provided an educational and vocational record of their highschool experience.


    STRANDS: Self-Determination,Personal Management, Interpersonal Relationship

                             Skills, CareerDevelopment, Job Seeking Skills, and Job Performance


    COMPETENCY GOAL 1:  The learner will exhibit theself-determination skills

                                                                 needed to participate in transition planningand

                                                                 successful adjustment toadult life.



    1.01    Identifiesand accesses services of various adult service provider agencies

    based on individual needs.

    1.02   Exhibitsself-determinations in a variety of employment situations.

    1.03   Demonstrates the ability to apply basiclegal and disability right legislation to

    Various life and employmentsituations:

    ·        Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    ·        Equal Employment and OpportunityCommission (EEOC)

    ·        Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

    ·        Section 504 of the VocationalRehabilitation Act of 1973

    ·        Individuals with Disabilities EducationAct (IDEA)

    ·        Carl Perkins Act

    ·        Single Portal Law (GH122.C-3 (34))

    ·        Person-centered planning

    ·        Family Rights Privacy Act

    ·        Status as an adult at age 18

    ·        OSHA


    COMPETENCY GOAL 2:  The learner will activelyparticipate in career development

                                                                activities (e.g. awareness, exploration,

                                                                  andplanning) to determine a career goal.


    2.01    Participatessuccessfully in multiple school-based activities to complete the 300-

    hour requirement in theOccupational Course of Study by graduation:

    ·        School factory

    ·        School-based enterprises

    ·        Hands-on vocational training in WorkforceDevelopment Education courses

    ·        Job fairs

    ·        Small business operation

    ·        Vocational Rehabilitation work adjustment

    2.02    Participatessuccessfully in multiple paid and non-paid work-based (i.e. Community-

    based) activities in orderto complete the 240-hour requirement for the Occupational Course of Study bygraduation:

    ·        Community-based training (e.g. enclaves,mobile work crews)

    ·        Situational assessment

    ·        Internships

    ·        Job Shadowing

    ·        Apprenticeships

    ·        Co-op programs

    ·        Part-time employment

    ·        Legitimate volunteer experiences

    ·        Community service


    2.03    Describeschosen career pathway, reason for choice, job specifics, job requirements,

    and potential foradvancement.



    COMPETENCY GOAL 3:  The learner will exhibitjob-seeking skills necessary to secure

                                                                 employment in chosen careerpathway.



    3.01  Completes jobapplications from list of potential jobs based on career choices.

    3.02  Interviews forpost-secondary jobs in chosen career pathway.

    3.03  Composes a follow-upletter for each interview.

    3.04  Completes Job PlacementPortfolio.


    COMPETENCY GOAL 4:  The learner will exhibit thework behaviors, habits, and skills

                                                                 in the area of personal management needed toobtain,

                                                                maintain, and advance in chosen careerpathway.                                       


    4.01    Utilizesappropriate forms of transportation in an effective manner for the

    purpose of employment andcommunity integration.


    4.02    Exhibitsvarious personal management work behaviors, skills, and habits in

    employment settings:

    ·        Physical navigation of employment sites(e.g. entrance, exit, stairs, elevator, hallways, escalators)

    ·        Acceptance of feedback from a supervisor

    ·        Requests for assistance

    ·        Resolution of conflicts

    ·        Demonstration of respect

    ·        Acceptance of new tasks

    ·        Delayed gratification

    ·        Refraining from maladaptive behaviors(e.g. physical aggression, excessive teasing, verbal aggression,non-compliance, inappropriate verbalizations, inappropriate displays ofaffection, stealing, sexual misconduct, harassment)

    ·        Good attendance

    ·        Punctuality

    ·        Break time behavior

    ·        Completion of work within designated timeschedule

    ·        Initiative

    ·        Flexibility

    ·        Adaptation to change


    4.03    Appliesknowledge of payroll and fringe benefits to real employment situations.


    4.04    Identifiesthe need for continuous life-long training, the type of skill requiringrefinement and locates various sources for obtaining future training.



    COMPETENCY GOAL 5:  The learner will exhibit thework behaviors, habits, and skills

                                                                in the area of job performanceneeded to obtain, maintain,

                                                                 andadvance in career pathway.



    5.01    Demonstratesthe ability to work at competitive standards for quality and pro-

    duction in chosen careerpathway.



    5.02    Demonstratesbasic technology skills applicable to chosen career pathway by


    ·        Calculator

    ·        Adding machine

    ·        Computer internet searches

    ·        E-mails

    ·        TV/VCR

    ·        Telephone

    ·        Voice Mail

    ·        Data entry

    ·        Cash register

    ·        Fax machines

    ·        Copiers

    ·        Scanning devices


    5.03   Demonstrates the abilityto solve problems applicable to chosen career pathway.

    5.04    Demonstratesthe ability to follow all rules, procedures, and regulations applicable

    to chosen career pathway.



    COMPETENCY GOAL 6:  The learner will exhibit theinterpersonal relationship

                                                                 skills needed for success inthe workplace.



    6.01   Demonstrates sensitivityto cultural diversity in the workplace.

    6.02   Develops natural supportsin the workplace.

    6.03   Demonstrates appropriateemployee-supervisor interactions.

    6.04   Demonstrates basic customer service skillsin chosen career pathway:

    ·        Chain of command

    ·        Corporate culture

    ·        Departments (e.g. personnel, finance,purchasing, maintenance, etc.)

    ·        Formal and informal lies of communication

    ·        Formal and informal leadership

    ·        Committees

    ·        Task forces

    ·        Quality circles

    ·        Teamwork

    ·        Democratic voting

    ·        Consensus decision-making



    COMPETENCY GOAL 7:  The learner will complete360 hours of successful

                                                                competitive employment bygraduation.


    7.01    Obtainsand maintains a competitive employment position in an integrated

    community setting at orabove minimum wage (with or without the use of supported employment) in chosencareer pathway.


    7.02    Synthesizesand applies all skill areas learned in previous Occupational Preparation

    courses to obtain andmaintain competitive employment:

    ·        Self-awareness

    ·        Self-determination

    ·        Career planning

    ·        Transition planning

    ·        Assistive communication

    ·        Law and disability rights

    ·        Labor unions and professionalorganizations

    ·        Adult service providers

    ·        Job seeking

    ·        Applications/interviews

    ·        Work ethic

    ·        Transportation and mobility

    ·        Work behaviors, habits, and skills in thearea of personal management

    ·        Payroll and fringe benefits

    ·        Safety

    ·        Work behaviors, habits and skills in thearea of job performance

    ·        Quality and quantity standards

    ·        Technology

    ·        Workplace social amenities, socialroutines, conversation, and language

    ·        Non-verbal workplace communication

    ·        Conflict situations

    ·        Co-worker interactions and relationships

    ·        Supervisor interactions and relationships

    ·        Natural supports

    ·        Customer Service

    ·        Formal and informal organizational systems