Summer Program Connects Disabled Students With Jobs


Summer Program Connects Disabled Students With Jobs

special needs inclusionThe Texas Workforce Commission has kicked off its 2018 Summer Earn and Learn program which provides students with disabilities with both work readiness training and paid work experience. The program is a partnership between TWC, Texas Workforce Solutions Offices and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Last year, more than 1,500 students, ages 16-22, participated in Summer Earn and Learn. They worked in positions such as design graphics assistants, customer service representatives and peer counselors. Small and large participating businesses included Alamo College in San Antonio, the Clements Boys & Girls Club in Killeen and CVS, HEB, and Verizon locations throughout the state.

“The Summer Earn and Learn program provides valuable opportunities for Texas students with disabilities to learn about the exciting careers available to them in the Texas workforce,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “We encourage students and parents to contact their local Workforce Solutions office to learn more about these paid internship positions available this summer.”

Local Workforce Development boards will collaborate with local TWS-VRS staff to promote the program. They will also identify students and businesses who are interested in participating. Students will receive work readiness training and connect with a local employer. There, they will have the opportunity to do hands-on work for five weeks or more. learning more about the industry. Students will also develop skills and work experience, preparing them for successful transition to postsecondary education and employment.

“Employers who sign on to Summer Earn and Learn are committed to the professional development of workers in their industries and developing potentially long-term employees,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “The program provides employers with direct access to their local workforce, which consists of students who are eager to learn and work.”

“Through Summer Earn and Learn, our youth are viewing firsthand the day-to-day responsibilities associated with careers they might chose for their future,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Afterwards, students will return to school with meaningful skill sets and knowledge of the workplace.”

Students with an interest to participate in SEAL must be 14-22 years of age. For full eligibility requirements, visit the TWC website.

Interested students may also contact their local Workforce Solutions office to learn more.