The Arc of Wake County

Project Name: Project SEE

Contact Information:
Steven R. Strom
(919) 832-2660 Ext. 101
1300 Saint Mary’s St., Suite 502
Raleigh, NC 27605
Steve.Strom@arcwake.org
http://www.arcwake.org

Project Goals

  • Percentage of students obtaining an employment placement of six (6) hours a week or more appropriate to their skill level within one year of completing the Project SEE program (annually and program-to-date);
  • Percentage of students obtaining an employment or regular volunteer placement of four (4) hours a week or more appropriate to their skill level within one year of completing the Project SEE program (annually and program-to-date);
  • Percentage of participating students obtaining their State of North Carolina Occupational course of study diploma (annually from those completing the program and eligible to graduate that year and program-to-date);
  • Percentage of documented goals in each student’s individualized goals and objectives achieved by the student based on assessment by the job coach interns and Arc of Wake County staff (annually and program-to-date)Independent Living;
  • Percentage of students obtaining an employment placement of six (6) hours a week or more appropriate to their skill level within one year of completing the Project SEE program (annually and program-to-date);
  • Percentage of students obtaining an employment or regular volunteer placement of four (4) hours a week or more appropriate to their skill level within one year of completing the Project SEE program (annually and program-to-date); and
  • Percentage of students meeting documented self-determination and independent work goals in the student’s individualized goals and objectives based on assessment by the job coach interns and The Arc of Wake County staff (annually and program to date).

Project Description

The Arc of Wake County’s Project SEE (Supported Employment Experiences) program has helped a number of students to complete the paid employment requirements of the OCS program. Project SEE is designed to support the principal that all people with disabilities should have the opportunity to work in their communities. To better prepare people with disabilities for the school-to-work transition, Project SEE provides students with access to a variety of work settings/samplings which allow the participating students to make informed vocational choices. Participating students gain valuable insight into their occupational interests and strengths as well as develop skills to enhance their opportunities for employment in the community after completing high school. Project SEE staff encourages the development of natural supports and promotes the philosophy of inclusion, within the work environment.

The Arc of Wake County expanded the five-week summer Project SEE program to provide high school students with developmental disabilities paid employment opportunities during the school-year instead of only in the summer.

Under the expanded Project SEE school-year program, approximately 20 high school students with developmental disabilities are working at volunteer host job sites with a college student intern job coach. The ratio is two participating students per one student intern job coach. These students are selected in conjunction with case managers and occupational preparation teachers in the Wake County Public School System. The students are paid at the prevailing minimum wage through program funds.

Student interns from Meredith College majoring in areas such as psychology, social work, or other related majors who will be taking or have taken Meredith College’s “Exceptional Individuals” or “Lifespan Development” psychology courses serve as job coaches.

Participating high school students with developmental disabilities work at job sites during or at the end of the school day; they are transported from their high school to the job site through transportation provided by the Wake County Public School System. Transportation from the job site to the student’s home is arranged by participating students.

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