Local Businesses Cultivate Student Work Experience

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The Disability Innovation Fund – Work-based Learning Model Demonstration grant was established by the United States Department of Education to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

In California, this grant (referred to as California Career Innovations (CCi)), has shifted its recruitment and enrollment focus, and is now partnering with local businesses and other organizations to identify and place students in paid and non-paid work-based learning experiences relevant to students’ career goals and interests.

The DOR, along with its local education partners, reached and exceeded a milestone recently — enrolling 865 students in the program, DOR surpassed its grant commitment by 65 participants. Currently, 25% of enrollees have participated in at least one work-based learning experience, and 20% of those experiences were paid.