Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) collaborates with school districts and other community partners across the state for summer Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) programming. Summer programming is designed to support students with self-advocacy, preparing for a career and life after high school.

IVRS partners with school districts through contracted programs, such as the Transition Alliance Program (TAP) and other contract programs within the district to provide a broad range of workshops, job tours and other activities for students in grades 9 through 12. Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan are eligible to participate.

In Clayton County students went to the Big Spring Fish Hatchery on June 7 to learn about employment in conservation, wildlife, and fishing!

The guide at Big Spring mentioned that he has worked with IVRS personally and spoke very highly of our services and had a great connection with the students!

The Des Moines Area Office kicked off their summer program on June 6 and had more than 100 applications.

“We're really excited about the fact that we have so many kids signed up,” said Des Moines Area Office Supervisor Kathy Davis.

The first week of activities include personality assessments, team-building activities and permit study/bus transportation skills.

The personality assessments on the first day showed that Tori and McKenna would be good spokespersons and they agreed to share their experiences throughout the program. Look for them to share their experiences through the summer.

Throughout the entire eight-week program students in Des Moines will participate in career assessments, job tours at local employers, and exploration of volunteer opportunities (Des Moines Zoo, Habitat for Human and Meals for the Heartland). Other life skills activities cover financial literacy and dressing for success.

For the last five years, IVRS has provided fun, educational programming for students over the summer months.

Check out the programs in your area at this link: #education #transition