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Concurrent Session
Bridging Employment Gaps by Providing Apprenticeship Opportunities with Students with Disabilities
In-Person and Virtual Tuesday 10/31/2023 03:45 PM - 04:45 PM   Add to calendar
Competencies: Leadership (Behavioral) | Intended Audience: Intermediate (Fostering DEI)
Workplace Application:
This session will highlight how to design and implement apprenticeship programs for students enrolled in special education. 

In-person session offerings are on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited.

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This presentation will highlight how our team designs and implements apprenticeship programs for students enrolled in special education and our ability to work with federal, state, county, municipal governments and the school district to develop a successful high school apprenticeship program. We will highlight the process, improvements, and successes made during the development of these programs. This high school apprenticeship program model uses the U. S.  Department Of Labor registered apprenticeship program standards which are developed in cooperation with the U. S.  Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship. Students who successfully complete the standards for their U. S. Department Of Labor approved occupation will receive certification from the Department of Labor for the approved occupation. Upon completion of their certificate, students become permanent employees where they received their certificate.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the process of how to establish an apprenticeship model specific to students with disabilities in their organization.
  • Effectively communicate the needs of each party, roles and responsibilities of team members, program criteria, execution of the plan, the importance of analysis, revision, collaboration of all parties and the willingness to adjust the model for greater success in the future.

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Payton Drury Photo
Payton Drury, HR Director,
City of Collinsville
Tony Fuhrmann Photo
Tony Fuhrmann, Director, Employment & Training,
Madison County
Darlene Ladd Photo
Darlene Ladd, Assistant Director,
Madison County Employment & Training Department
Paula Bradford Photo
Paula Bradford, Transition Specialist and Director of the STEP Program,
Madison County