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Transition Summer Programs

2018 Transition Summer Programs

Twenty-five innovative short-term programs to provide career exploration, job readiness, and work-based learning opportunities for students with disabilities during the summer of 2018 have been developed.

Summary of all the Nebraska VR Summer Transition Program proposal that are approved.

Camp Scott in Scottsbluff will provide job interest exploration, real job shadowing experiences, and workplace site visits for 40 students during a 5-week summer camp. Contact Reenie Berry at berryreenie@yahoo.com

Chariots 4 Hope in Omaha will provide a program that includes job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences and life skill development for up to 60 students who are interested in the automotive industry. Contact Amy Gizinski at amyg@strenthsignited.com.

Disability Rights Nebraska will conduct an instruction, education, and support program for up to 20 families of students with disabilities in the Nebraska City and Beatrice area. Contact Eric Evans at eric@drne.org

Disability Rights Nebraska will conduct a Self-Advocacy for Youth with Disabilities program for up to 30 students and two Informational Family sessions for up to 25 family members of students with disabilities in the Lincoln area. Contact Eric Evans at eric@drne.org.

Disability Rights Nebraska will conduct a Self-Advocacy for Youth with Disabilities program for up to 15 students and two Informational Family sessions for up to 12 family members of students with disabilities in the Scottsbluff area. Contact Eric Evans at eric@drne.org.

Goodwill Industries, Inc. will conduct a Summer Work Experience Program for up to 44 students in conjunction with Benson Park Retail Store, Retail Operations Center, Goodwill Fremont, and Goodwill Bellevue. Contact Christine Aguilar at caguilar@goodwillomaha.org.

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) in Omaha will provide a Worksite Skills Training Program for up to 20 students in an agricultural equine-based setting. Contact Jodi Teal at jodi@hetra.org

The League of Human Dignity will implement a curriculum that includes workplace readiness, independent living skills, self-advocacy for up to 36 students in Norfolk, Omaha (Ralston School District), and Lincoln. Contact Kathy Kay at kkay@leagueofhumandignity.com.

No More Empty Pots in Omaha will provide a summer program for up to 4 students focusing on job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, and instruction in self advocacy through urban agricultural learning, entrepreneurial development and local horticultural business shadowing and presentations. Contact Nancy Williams at nwilliams@nmepomaha.org.

Ollie Webb will provide a program that addresses career exploration counseling and work readiness training for up to 18 students in Omaha other community job sites in the Omaha area. Contact Amanda Wells at awells@olliewebbinc.org or by phone at 402-342-4418 ext. 19.

Revive Inc./Horizon will provide a program that will encompass job exploration opportunities, workplace readiness training, and work-based learning experiences for up to 15 students in conjunction with Valentino’s, Big Dally’s Dally, Perkins, Revive Thrift Store, and other Hasting community businesses. Contact Dan Rutt @ dan@reviveinc.org.

Vocational Development Center (VODEC) will provide a work-based learning program for up to 20 students in conjunction with Scheel’s and Pet’s R’ Us in Omaha. Contact Steve Hodapp at hodapp@vodec.org.

Wonderfully Made in Lincoln will provide a job readiness and self-advocacy program through recreational therapy resources for up to 20 students. Contact Nicole Meyer at nicole@wonderfullymadene.com

Education Service Units

ESU 7 in Columbus will provide a career academy/summer enrichment program for up to 12 students. Contact Amy Slama at asalama@esu7.org

ESU 13 will provide a program that will encompass job exploration opportunities, workplace readiness training and work-based learning experiences for 12 students in conjunction with the Scottsbluff Inn, Hertz Rental, and the Flight Desk Restaurant in Scottsbluff. Contact Pam Brezenski @ pbrezenski@ESU13.ORG

ESU 16 will conduct two Student Work Education and Employment Programs (SWEEP) for up to 22 students in a 21,000 square mile rural area between North Platte and Ogallala. Contact Lou Cox Fornander at lcox-for@esusixteen.org

Easter Seals

Easter Seals for Nebraska will provide a the Empowered Youth Camp, emphasizing self-advocacy, youth leadership, independent living, and future workplace skills for up to 43 students. Email empowered@ne.easterseals.com

Easter Seals will conduct the Inspiring ChangeMakers: A Leadership Training program focusing on marketable work skills, gaining leadership skills, and essential social skills for up to 10 students. Email empowered@ne.easterseals.com

Public Schools

Grand Island Public Schools will implement a transition summer work program for up to 15 students in Grand island, which includes career exploration, employment preparation and work experiences. Contact Kris McMullen at kmcmullen@gips.org

Papillion LaVista Public Schools will provide a program for approximately 90 Papillion LaVIsta students that will increase their skills in independent living and self-advocacy as well as career interest exploration. Students will engage in community-based activities and hands-on activities at the school. Contact Nicole Pechous at npechous@paplv.org

Sidney Public Schools will provide a program to help prepare 10 students for employment, concentrating on pre-employment skills, workplace readiness training and community-based work-based learning. Contact Whitney Hurt at whitney.hurt@raidermail.org

York Public Schools will conduct the School Transitional Experience Program for Students (STEPS) for up to 10 students. STEPS will provide work-based learning, career exploration, employability skills, independent living skills, and interviewing skills. Contact Beth Ericson at beth.ericson@yorkdukes.org

2017 Transition Summer Programs

Twenty innovative short-term programs to provide career exploration, job readiness, and work based learning opportunities for students with disabilities during the summer of 2017 were developed.

Summary of all of the Nebraska VR Summer Transition Program proposals that were approved by the State Board of Education on May 4, 2017.

The ARC of Nebraska will provide week-long workshops for up to 20 students at each of their 6 local affiliate sites across Nebraska addressing Worksite Relationship and Self-Advocacy Training.

Camp Scott in Scottsbluff to implement a career readiness, life skills and job skills program for up to 15 students with disabilities that participate in their 5-week summer camp. Contact Reenie Berry at berryreenie@yahoo.com

Independence Rising for a workplace readiness training for 10 students with disabilities living in Hall County. The proposed program will actively engage students in a variety of topics including: post-secondary education, job training, soft skill development, mock interviews, housing, insurance, financial literacy and accessing community resources. Contact Irene Britt at ibritt@cilne.org

The League of Human Dignity to implement a curriculum that includes workplace readiness, independent living skills, self-advocacy for up to 30 students with disabilities in Norfolk, Omaha and Lincoln. Contact Chad Chapman at cchapman@leagueofhumandignity.com

Ollie Webb will provide a program that addresses career exploration counseling and work readiness training for up to 24 students in Omaha and the surrounding area. Contact Robin McArthur at rmcarthur@olliewebbinc.org

Revive Inc./Horizon to provide a program that will encompass job exploration opportunities, workplace readiness training and work based learning experiences for up to 20 students with disabilities in Hastings. Contact Dan Rutt @ dan@reviveinc.org

Disability Rights Nebraska Disability Rights Nebraska for a Self-Advocacy for Youth with Disabilities Program to serve 10 students with disabilities in Scottsbluff. Contact Mindy Baird @ mindy@drne.org

Disability Rights Nebraska for a Self-Advocacy for Youth with Disabilities Program to serve 30 students with disabilities in Lincoln in cooperation with Arc of Lincoln/Autism Family Network. Contact Vicki Depenbusch at 402-421

Easter Seals

Easter Seals for a Nebraska Empowered Youth Camp, emphasizing self-advocacy, youth leadership, independent living and future workplace skills for a maximum of 25 students with disabilities. Contact Jami Biordrowski at jbiodrowski@ne.easterseals.com

Easter Seals for parent education seminars for up to 12 families at each of four location sites in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island and Hastings and community partner transition and benefits training workshops at training sites in Omaha and Lincoln serving up to 15 professionals at each site. Contact Angie Howell @ ahowell@ne.easterseals.com

Educational Service Units

ESU 7 to implement a career academy/summer enrichment program for up to 12 students. Contact Amy Slama at aslama@esu7.org

ESU 13 to provide a program that will encompass job exploration opportunities, workplace readiness training and work based learning experiences for 13 students with disabilities in conjunction with the Hampton Inn and the local airport in Scottsbluff. Contact Pam Brezenski @ pbrezenski@ESU13.ORG

ESU 16 for a Student Work Education and Employment Program (SWEEP) for a total of 25 students with disabilities in a 21,000-square mile rural area (2 separate programs geographically). Contact Lou Cox Fornander at lcox-for@esusixteen.org

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries, Inc. for a Summer Work Experience Program for up to 38 students with disabilities in the Omaha/Blair area. Contact Holly Schwietz at hschwietz@goodwillomaha.org

Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska to provide training for their staff and a series of 8 workshops in Grand Island, Columbus, Hastings, Kearney, Broken Bow, North Platte, Lexington, and McCook to educate students and their families about the effect of wages on their eligibility for cash and medical benefits as well as the potential use of state and federal work incentives. They will also provide individualized assistance to family members supporting students in the eight communities. Contact Becki Koehler at bkoehler@goodwillne.org

Public Schools

Grand Island Public Schools to implement a transition summer work program for up to 15 students in Grand island, which includes career exploration, employment preparation and work experiences. Contact Kris McMullen at kmcmullen@gips.org

Minatare Public Schools to provide a program for up to 8 students that addresses disability awareness, self-advocacy, career readiness skills, post-secondary goals and the transition process, making connections between school and post-school. Contact Tellina Alvord at talvord.minatare@gmail.com

Papillion LaVista Public Schools will provide a program for approximately 90 students that will increase their skills in independent living and self-advocacy as well as career interest exploration. Students will engage in community based activities and hands-on activities at the school. Contact MyKayla LaBorde at mlaborde@paplv.org

Sidney Public Schools to provide a program to help prepare 8 students with disabilities for employment, concentrating on pre-employment skills, workplace readiness training and community based work based learning. Contact Whitney Hurt at whitney.hurt@raidermail.org

York Public Schools for a career exploration, employability skills, independent living skills, and interviewing skills program for students with disabilities attending York Public Schools. Contact Beth Ericson at beth.ericson@yorkdukes.org

2016 Transition Summer Programs

Fifteen innovative short-term programs to provide career exploration, job readiness, and work based learning opportunities for students with disabilities during the summer of 2016 were developed.

Summary of all of the Nebraska VR Summer Transition Program proposals that were approved by the State Board of Education on May 6, 2016.

1. Goodwill Industries, Inc. for a Summer Work Experience Program for up to 24 students with disabilities in the Omaha/Blair area.

2. Autism Center if Nebraska Inc. for a Work Readiness and Preparation Program for up to 50 students with high functioning Autism in Lincoln and Omaha.

3. Disability Rights Nebraska for a Self-Advocacy for Youth with Disabilities Program to serve 30 students with disabilities in Lincoln in cooperation with Arc of Lincoln/Autism Family Network.

4. ESU 16 for a Student Work Education and Employment Program (SWEEP) for 15 students with disabilities in a 21,000 square mile rural area.

5. Easter Seals for a Nebraska Empowered Youth Camp, emphasizing self-advocacy, youth leadership, independent living and future workplace skills for a maximum of 25 students with disabilities.

6. Independence Rising for a workplace readiness training for 10-15 students with disabilities living in Hall County.

7. Developmental Services of Nebraska Inc. for a Career Camp for 12-48 students with disabilities throughout the summer that will address the 5 core pre-employment transition activities (PETS).

8.Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) of Douglas County for the development of OSHA certification, First Aid/CPR/AED required in the construction field, and hands-on construction skill acquisition for students with disabilities in the Omaha area.

9. Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) of Lancaster County for the development of OSHA certification, First Aid/CPR/AED required in the construction field, and hands-on construction skill acquisition for students with disabilities in the Lincoln area.

10. Easter Seals for a job exploration, workplace readiness and postsecondary training exploration program serving 15 students with disabilities in the Kearney area.

11. Camp Scott in Scottsbluff to implement a career readiness, life skills and job skills program for 9-12 transition students with disabilities that participate in their 5 week summer camp.

12. The League of Human Dignity to implement a curriculum that includes workplace readiness, independent living skills, self-advocacy for at least 30 students with disabilities in Norfolk, Omaha and Lincoln.

13. DC West Community Schools (Waterloo and Valley) for a pre employment, life skills and job skills program with skills reinforcement on a job site for 12 students with mild to moderate disabilities.
14. ESU 13 to provide a program that will encompass job exploration opportunities, workplace readiness training and work based learning experiences for 9 students with disabilities in conjunction with the Hampton Inn in Scottsbluff.

15. York Public schools for a career exploration, employability skills, independent living skills, and interviewing skills program for students with disabilities attending York Public Schools.

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