The San Diego Workforce Partnership received a grant for the County of San Diego, titled San Diego Disability and Employment Services Network (DESN).
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The project is geared toward increasing physical and programmatic to One-Stop services for participants with disabilities. Enhancing the awareness of disability issues for One-Stop Career Center staff has also been identified as a goal. The project will focus on delivering more comprehensive and customized employment services for participants with disabilities through customer empowerment. Computer training is one of the occupational training services that will be offered to participants.
The grant focuses on two target populations: Social Security Disability Program(s) recipients and young adults transitioning from school to adult life, aged 18-21. The average wage goal of participants in the project is $10 per hour. The first year of the project aims to serve 150 participants from 2 One-Stops, placing 98 out of those 150 participants. Employment retention will tracked at 6 & 12 months intervals. Ultimately, these efforts will be replicated in the other 4 One-Stops later in the project.
- Outreach to and enrollment of 750 individuals with disabilities in job skills training or career development assistance.
- Ensure that 70% or 525 persons receiving service, training, and placement are individuals with severe disabilities.
- Provide 410 participants with Occupational Skills Training.
- Provide Entrepreneurial Training to 20 participants planning E-business, in-home businesses and/or self-employment.
- Place 490 participants in competitive full-time employment positions open to career advancement at an average wage of $10.00 per hour plus benefits.
- Ensure that those placed will be retained in employment at 6-month follow-up.
- Ensure that persons placed achieve significant weekly wage gains of $200 or more over prior employment, and wage increases at 10% or more at follow-up.
- Collaborate and coordinate with DESN members, training partners, and community collaborators to ensure the sharing of resources, information, and "Best Practices."
- Work to expand customized services to all six One-Stops over the 5 year project period.
- Provide Assistive Technology and job modification as needed at all sites.
- Provide documentation of services and outcomes on a regular and on-going basis.
- Produce replication reports which can be used for dissemination.
- Provide employer and participants' input through the distribution and evaluation of Customer Satisfaction Surveys and document the results to Evaluation Reports.
Customized Employment Approaches
- Vocational assessment
- Case management
- Basic education, ESL, and VESL Upgrading
- Computer literacy classes
- Computerized labor market information training
- Computerized job search training
- Job readiness training
- Occupational skills training
- On-the-job training
- Individual Training Accounts
- Situational assessment through work experience and mentoring
- Work experience
- Employer mentoring
- Entrepreneurial training
- Career Advancement Services
- Assistive technology and job modification
- Customized job development and placement services
- Supportive services