The Arc Carroll County and Carroll County Public Schools have partnered together for over 17 years, providing 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, the Educational Partnerships Facilitator, and/or Educational Instructors attend students' Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and transition meetings, as well. Currently The Arc works in five distinct programs:
The Arc provides vocational readiness instruction through theVocational 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 in partnership with CCPS. 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.
Students from all 8 high schools participate in three work-based experiences including job sampling and job shadowing with an Arc Educational Instructor through the Career Independence For Transitioning Youth Program. Students in CITY are ages 14-18 and are in Learning for Independence classes and will graduate with a certificate from their high school. This program affords students with the opportunity to explore a variety of local business industries and gives each participant a realistic view of job duties and expectations.
Educational Instructors from The Arc instruct students on career and employment resource planning on the Carroll Community College campus in collaboration with CCPS. 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
In our newest initiative, The Arc Carroll County provides student instruction at Carroll County Hospital through the Transition Education at Carroll Hospital program; subject matter includes Career & Employment Resource Planning and Self-Determination. The Arc’s Educational Instructor works in tandem with CCPS, providing instruction and real work experience in a hospital setting. Students participate in a variety of job rotation sites and build competency and competence throughout the school year. This program strives to give students skills that will equip them for competitive employment.
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 Mary Jo Walla at firstname.lastname@example.org