The WorkAbiltiy I (WAI) grant program provides comprehensive training in work, employment placement, and follow-up for high school students in special education who are making the transition from school to work, independent living, post-secondary education, or training. The WAI program is funded and administered by the California Office of Education and offers special education students the opportunity to complete their secondary education while obtaining marketable job skills for success in the modern labor market.The Folsom Cordova Unified School DistrictMission of WorkAbility ITo promote the involvement of key stakeholders (students, families, WAI Staff, educators, youth servingorganizations, workforce development organizations, post-secondary education and training, and business partners)in the planning and implementing an array of services that will culminate in successful student transitionto competitive, integrated employment (CIE), lifelong learning, and quality adult life.*WorkAbility I achieves this mission primarily by providing work-based learning experience for all WorkAbility I students.*
Folsom Cordova Unified School District utilizes an integrated curriculum, which includes business ethics, career interest exploration, future planning, computer skills (including the use of the internet), and phases of the job search. Students learn to build a career portfolio that will help take them into college and employment. WorkAbility I Students who are ready to enter the workplace learn many additional employment skills such as completing job applications, interviewing skills, and even “Surviving a Panel Interview”.Employment
Folsom Cordova Unified School District offers off-campus employment opportunities such as working in various retail stores, local theaters, restaurants, fast food establishments, and many more. Junior, senior and A.C.T.T. students attend our pre-employment workshops to help promote successful employment situations and to increase their chances of positive employment opportunities in the future.“Learn to Earn”
WorkAbilityI Staff:Caitlin QuillinSpecial Project Coordinator916-294-9007 x102435
Emma FalconTransition Assistant916-294-9007 x102436If you have a place of business in the Rancho Cordova or Folsom areas and you could use some student assistance, please contact us about becoming a Community Partner.A Partnership is a strong and realistic commitment between business, education and the community. Consisting of clearly defined goals, mutual benefits, and open ongoing communication.