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What is WE CARE? WE CARE stands for Work Ethics Career And Real-life Experiences. Our program began in January of 1992. Our task is to provide transition services to the Special Education students in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. As a public school education and employment service, WE CARE provides the opportunity for high school students and adults to gain the skills necessary for successful involvement in employment and adult life. Our program involves the student, the family, AntelopeValleyUnionHighSchool District, and all other resource providers in the AntelopeValley as needed. Working together, we assess needs, plan and initiate education, seek and secure employment, and direct both students and adults to available recreational activities. Students enrolled in Special Education have the opportunity for the services offered by WE CARE. We are committed to providing clients with real-life opportunities and transition from school to work and adult living, as well as community integration through social and recreational activities. Our goal is to provide quality individualized services. WE CARE is supported and funded by the California Department of Rehabilitation and the Department of Education WorkAbility I Program. The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) collaborates with the AntelopeValleyUnionHighSchool District to form a Transition Partnership Program (TPP). This program takes students who are within two years of exiting high school and who meet DOR criteria and provides a “head start” for services with the DOR. These services include curriculum and classes while the student is still in high school, career exploration, guest speakers, career guidance, work experience, and potential funding for post high school employment training. Students who are within two years of exiting high school, and meet DOR criteria, are pre-screened...Read More
WE CARE staff develop partnerships with various employers in the community in order to provide supported and direct hire opportunities. In many cases, employment partners benefit from student workers completing a subsidized working interview and training prior to being hired by the business. Students work with businesses under our Community Classroom, WorkAbility 1 and Department of Rehabilitation funding. Student workers are matched to employers based on their vocational interests and desire to...Read More
Students may have the opportunity to participate in several different work preparation activities prior to graduation from high school. These include attending guest speaker presentations, vocational and education at their campus. Starting in the junior year of high school, several students have to opportunity to participate in a paid work experience through our WorkAbility 1 grant and Transition Partnership Program contract. Although employment is not guaranteed, students that are interested in working must at least have a 2.0 GPA, great attendance and no discipline concerns. Workers will be selected based on availability of work exploration funds each school...Read More
As a public school education and employment service, WE CARE provides the opportunity for high school students and graduates to gain the skills necessary for successful involvement in employment and adult life.
Some students in the WE CARE program participate in the Youth Employment Skills (YES) class where they learn about resumes, applications, customer services, various jobs and life skills, as well as career exploration. The class also participates in field trips and invites guest speakers to talk about a variety of topics about vocational employment.
The Community Classroom takes place at the Antelope Valley Mall where the students have an unpaid work experience at various stores. They greet and interact with customers, stock inventory, learn about retail sales work and gain valuable experience. The students are provided job coaching, guidance and instruction by employers and WE CARE staff to maximize their experience.
If available, eligible students in the WE CARE program may have the opportunity to participate in a paid work experience. Students can work up to 15 hours a week at a business in the community, where they will clock in, keep track of work time sheet, are given added responsibilities and get paid for their work. Student workers may be given job coaching and support by both WE CARE staff and employers. Employment is not guaranteed before, during or after the work experience.