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WorkAbility III Program

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Mission: To match students to jobs through educational planning and placement.

WorkAbility III (WAIII) is a cooperative partnership between Gavilan College and the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DOR). The purpose of the WAIII program at Gavilan College is to serve students who have an Individual Plan for Employment and are from the DOR San Jose District. The specialized services offered by WAIII are designed as pre-plan and in-plan services; they are not offered elsewhere on campus. DOR Counselors will make referrals to the WAIII program. The program provides job readiness training and job placement for individuals who receive services from the DOR. We strive to provide opportunities for students to reach for and obtain their highest occupational goals.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Department of Rehabilitation Consumer
  • At least 18 years old or older

WorkAbility III strives to bridge gaps by working with DOR, DOR students, Disability Resource Center students, private and public employers and other non-profit service providers. DOR offices from the San Jose District have opportunities to utilze WAIII services for their clients. Occasionally, referrals may be received from DOR offices in Salinas and Monterey. WorkAbility III develops vocational plans to address the individual's skills, abilities and interests while meeting the needs of local employers.

Employers Benefits

  • Access to screened and qualified applicants
  • On-the-job support to assist with training needs
  • Follow-up support services
  • Employer tax credits

Services to be provided include:

Vocational Assessment
Upon receipt of written referral and medical documentation from DOR, WAIII will provide students with vocational assessment / career exploration services. Vocational assessments will assist students in understanding their own strengths and weaknesses in order to make an informed choice about meaningful career goals.

Employment Preparation Services
Individualized employment preparation is provided to each student. Guidance 530, Classroom Training in Job Readiness Skills, is offered to all students. Goals and objectives for the course include exploration of skills and abilities, interests, lab or market projections, and disability issues, as they relate to career goal(s) for themselves and the steps they need to take in order to accomplish their goals. Students will have the opportunity to meet with the course instructor and DOR Counselor and be able to identify potential occupational choices that can be used for individualized employment plan development.

Job Placement and Job Retention Services
The Job Developer will individualize the job search process and identify appropriate employment opportunities based on the students strengths and needs. These services may include assistance in preparing cover letters, tailored resumes and interview strategies. Opportunities for internships, part-time work or volunteer positions to increase work experience are also available.

Post Placement / Follow-Up Services
WAIII Vocational Specialist provides job-coaching services and assists students until no intervention is necessary for the student to perform the job task independently. The WAIII Vocational Specialist may also provide job retention services for the students who are employed. The WAIII Vocational Specialist will provide supervision and follow-up services for on-site training for the student in each of the communities served.

WorkAbility III develops vocational plans to address the individual's skills, abilities and interests while meeting the needs of local employers.

Job Resources for Students

For comments and questions, send an email to
Stephan Gaitan at sgaitan@gavilan.edu or
Maria Rodriguez at mrodriguez@gavilan.edu

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For more DRC information, call 408-848-4865 or TTY at 408-846-4924.
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Last modified: December 29, 2015
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