Work Experience Program (Structure/Stipends)

Policy Approve By
Dr. Dean O. Stenehjem, Superintendent
Policy Date (original policy date)
Policy Prepared By
Craig Meador, Director of On Campus Programs
Policy Category

PROCEDURE: Work Experience Program (Structure/Stipends)  

SUBJECT: Vocational Education

PROGRAM GOAL:  To prepare students with skills for employment.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:  During the program, students will:

  • Be given instruction in organizational skills, communication skills, personal management skills, problem-solving skills, self-advocacy, and community awareness.
  • Be introduced to a full range of employment opportunities.


Texas School for the Blind Functional Academics, et. al.

Texas School for the Blind Career Education Handbook, et. al.


Pass/Fail; 70% on the work evaluation checklist


Students will advance through levels as they demonstrate mastery (85%) at each level.


Stipends are set at an hourly level, but can represent single task performance if needed.  These stipends are incentives tied to managing money and are in no way wages.  Students also earn credit for Work Experience.

LEVEL 1     .50

LEVEL 2   1.00

LEVEL 3   1.50

LEVEL 4   2.00

LEVEL 5   Independently employed


LEVEL 1:  Students working on these skills will be working on campus in a group setting at stationary site with full assistance.

  • Follow one-step directions
  • Communicate needs
  • Attendance
  • On-task for 20 minutes
  • Cooperation
  • Basic personal hygiene
  • Follow a routine
  • Mobility skills

LEVEL 2:  Students working on these skills will be doing crew-work in various locations on campus work sites with partial staff assistance.

  • Work to complete a task
  • Initiate communication of needs
  • Appropriate worksite hygiene
  • Follow multi-step directions
  • Develop social appropriateness
  • Independent mobility

LEVEL 3:  Students working on these skills will be doing on-campus apprenticeship-style individual jobs and off-campus crew work with minimal staff assistance.

  • Maturity skills (16+)
  • Basic problem-solving
  • Rote O&M skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Social awareness
  • Personal management skills (time/money)

LEVEL 4:  Students working on these skills will be in off-campus apprenticeships with short term job coaching and monitoring.

  • Complete mobility skills
  • Mature problem-solving
  • Employment search skills
  • Career education class
  1.       Reading Outcome 3.4
  2.       Writing Outcome 2.4
  3.       Communications Outcome 4.4
  4.       Science Outcome 3.2
  •       Arts Outcome 4.5
  • Self-advocacy skills
  • Emotional stability

LEVEL 5:  Students working on these skills will independently seek, apply for and retain a job.