PROCEDURE: DATE: November 30, 2006


SUBJECT: Work Experience Program (Structure/Stipends)


Prepared by: Craig Meador, Director of On Campus Programs


Approved by: Dr. Dean O. Stenehjem, Superintendent


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.


GRADING: Pass/Fail; 70% on the work evaluation checklist


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


STIPEND RATE: 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


         On-task for 20 minutes


         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

Reading Outcome 3.4

Writing Outcome 2.4

Communications Outcome 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.