Site: Individual Community Placements
One to Two year program
• Interview with instructor; minimum of 16 years of age; recommendation of counselor or IEP team
DESCRIPTION: The Job Training program is a community-based vocational option for students who learn best when actively engaged in hands-on learning in non-classroom instructional environments. Students meet weekly at their home school with Job Training instructors. Based on the student’s prior experiences, a progression toward competitive employment is determined. Students receive one-on-one support in gaining the skills for successful employment. Through community job placements, students earn vocational-elective credits. Students must provide their own transportation to job placements or utilize public transportation. Program outcomes are: job search skills, employability skills, career exploration, and paid work experience.
PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS: The Job Training program requires fifteen hours per week of activity which includes the in-school instructional sessions, job search activity, and paid or unpaid community placements. Typically, a student’s job placement activities occur after the regular academic day, however a student could be scheduled for early release. This would enable a student to combine an abbreviated academic day with a job placement activity. The flexibility of the program’s schedule enables students to plan individually for the completion of academic requirements while earning elective credits from a work experience. Instructional sessions occur during the regular school day at the student’s home school, and are scheduled around academics: during study halls or study skill periods. Enrollment is typically for a two year period (11th-12th), but can also be for a senior year-only term. Students engage in vocational activities which include career exploration, internships, unpaid placements, competitive (paid) work experiences, and exploration of post-secondary training options. Students earn a maximum of 3 elective credits per year for fifteen hours of combined instructional and employment activities.
Instructor: Ms. Ottolee Umbaugh
- Education: Masters of Ed--Special Education, Kent State University; BS--Vocational Home Economics (7-12, Multi-Area Job-Training); Certificate--Interior Design, Akron University. Teaching Certifications: SPED/MH-DH-OH; Voc HE/Multi-Area; Transition Endorsement--JTC, VOSE, WS; Career-Based Intervention Endorsement.
- Work Experience: Excel TECC--Job Training Coordinator (17 yrs); CEVEC, Mayfield OH--Work-Study Coordinator (1 yr); Maplewood Career Center, Ravenna OH--Vocational Instructor, Careers In Service Industries (3 yrs), Job Trainer, Option 4 (1 yr); Kent State University, Kent OH--Teaching Assistant (1 yr); University of Akron, Akron OH--Graduate Assistant (1 yr); Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus OH--Research Associate (7 yrs); Builders Kitchens, Akron OH--Kitchen Design Assistant (2 yrs); General Building Products, Cleveland OH--Kitchen Design and Sales (2 yrs).
- Hobbies: Quilting, Interior Design, gourmet cooking, reading, cultivating plants, tent sales, hiking.