Division of Vocational & Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)
Students In Transition From School To Work
Students over the age of 14 with a defined disability, who will need further assistance after graduation in order to maintain employment in the adult community is a transition student.
How does a transitioning youth get started?
Although it is primarily the school district’s responsibility to refer a student to DVRS, at any time the student, parent or any school representative (case manager, counselor, child study team member) may call the nearest local DVRS office to speak to a rehabilitation counselor. Each school has an assigned rehabilitation counselor who works with that school’s students.
When should we call?
Beginning at age 14, students with a transition plan may receive help from DVRS counselors. Counselors can review vocational and medical assessments’ and provide technical consultation.When does the student actually start working with a rehabilitation counselor?
A student may apply to DVRS within two years of the anticipated graduation. The rehabilitation counselor will meet with the student and evaluate eligibility for DVRS.
What happens next?The student and the rehabilitation counselor will continue to meet and work on the plans in the transition part of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) or guidance plan. When the student is ready, the rehabilitation counselor and the student will develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). This plan describes the services the student and the rehabilitation counselor believe are necessary to get and keep a job. The counselor will continue working with the individual until the person has found and demonstrated the ability to keep a job.
Pre Employment Training Services (Pre-ETS)
Pre-ETS offer students with disabilities an early start at career exploration and preparation for adult life. Beginning at age 14, students with disabilities can connect with DVRS for Pre-ETS. DVRS works with students, their families, their schools, and community partners to enrich transition planning and support students in gaining knowledge and experiences necessary for making informed decisions about one’s future. DVRS counselors from each field office are assigned to secondary schools to function as the liaison between the school and DVRS. Our counselors collaborate with child study teams and other school personnel regarding student transition plans, as well as to offer in-service trainings to school staff, students, and parents.