The Arc Carroll County has partnered with Carroll County Public Schools for 16 years to provide educational support
services to high school students and students in the Post Secondary Program. The Arc's Educational Instructors practice a holistic approach to vocational and educational success: Focusing on education, job placement, vocational goals and objectives, lesson planning and curriculum implementation. The Arc’s Director of Employment Services and/or Educational Instructors attend students' Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and transition meetings, as well. Currently The Arc works in four distinct programs:
The Arc provides vocational readiness instruction through the Vocational Opportunities for Independent Change and Empowerment program. This program is for students ages 19-21 who have graduated from their high school with a certificate and are eligible for funding through the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). Curriculum consists of professional introductions,how to work with others, understanding the role of a job coach and employer expectations.
Instructors from The Arc educate students on career management through the Transition Connection Program. This program is for students ages 19-21 who have graduated from their high school with a certificate and are eligible to receive funding through the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) or the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). This school-to-work curriculum consists of locating job leads, identifying community resources, filling out job applications and mastering the job interview and to help students be independent on the job.
Instructors from The Arc co-teach one hour/mod per week at each of Carroll County's public high schools on self-determination and pre-employment. Students also participate in three work-based experiences including job sampling, job shadowing and a tour of the various post-secondary programs offered by Carroll County Public Schools. Students in CITY are ages 14-18 and are in the Learning for Independence classes and will graduate with a certificate from their high school.
Educational Instructors from The Arc instruct students on career and employment resource planning on the Carroll Community College campus. Students learn about job skills and how to access services. Students are typically DORS eligible and have graduated from their home high school with a certificate. This program promotes independence on the job and students must be able to access private or public transportation.
Other Educational Partnerships:
The Summer Youth Employment program allows eligible high school and post secondary MSTC and TCP participants, the opportunity to work in community businesses over the summer with job coach support. This is paid employment and students are funded through DORs.
The Arc Carroll County contracts with the Carroll County Public Schools and assists with transition planning from school to community services. The Arc’s Educational Instructors provide classroom instruction and community job sampling experiences, helping students explore options for future employment while familiarizing participants with available community resources, natural supports, and existing family supports. The Arc collaborates with school professionals in identifying transportation availability and travel training as appropriate. Plans are person-centered and identify unique supports for each person served. The Arc fulfills a small piece of the transition plan as outlined in the IEP and focuses on vocational goals and objectives. All IEP’s are housed with the Carroll County Public Schools.
For more information on any of these programs contact Erin Lindholm at 410-848-4124 ext. 140 or firstname.lastname@example.org