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Pre-employment Readiness and Education Program (PREP)

Class Descriptions

Employment Skills (Weeks 1-9)

This is a hands-on class designed to teach appropriate work behaviors and soft skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Three employment areas are available to provide hands-on experience through work activities in business and production, services, and trade related skills.   These areas address such work behaviors as punctuality, work attitude, and initiative.  Each employment area provides classroom and work activities which reinforce current employer expectations.

Foundations (Weeks 1-3)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in developing skills and strategies necessary for campus life.  Students will review strategies to follow a daily schedule and route finding techniques as well as organizational skills.  Planning strategies and problem solving skills will also be introduced.  Class discussions will include topics such as planning ahead, punctuality and using appropriate accommodations to insure success. 

Communication Skills (Weeks 1-3)

The goal of this class is to introduce students to the communication skills that are important for success in the academic, campus living, and employment arenas.  Topics covered include:  body language, topics of conversation (appropriate/inappropriate)  and parts of a conversation,  register shifting (informal verses formal communication),  receiving and giving constructive criticism,  passive/assertive/aggressive communication styles,  frustration  tolerance (triggers and techniques for success in the workplace),  self-advocacy (knowing strengths, weaknesses, and what accommodations to ask for in the workplace),  gossip/drama/rumors and bullying, and social media dos and don’ts for personal and employment friendships.

Money Matters (Weeks 4-6)

The goal of this class is to introduce clients to basic money management so they can better control their personal finances and manage bill payment.  Examples of the types of information shared include knowledge of paychecks, budgeting, banking options, electronic /mobile banking, and privacy protection. 

Team Building (Weeks 4-6)

The focus of this class is to introduce students to the qualities of successful teams as well as the reasons teams fail.  They are given hands on opportunities to experience working together with peers as a team in a variety of activities.  The Aztec Employability Skills Program is used as a foundation for this curriculum.

Career Pathways 1 (Weeks 1-3)

This class focuses on career awareness. Students are introduced to a number of career fields and take a number of self-assessments to determine which career fields the students are best suited. In addition, the students are given an opportunity to explore different career fields and the different training options offered at WWRC. The Aztec Career Awareness Program is used as a foundation for this curriculum.

Career Pathways 2 (Weeks 4-6)

This class allows the students an opportunity for career development. Through this course, the students learn how to network and identify their work network. The students develop a professional resume and cover letter that is ready for them to use at any time. This class focuses on helping students be successful in their job search and application process. This course also touches on the Americans With Disabilities Act and their rights in employment.

Seminar (Weeks 1-6)

This class provides guest speakers which address various topics of interest to enhance campus life and success of the PREP program.  Some examples of areas addressed are the various behavioral supports available on campus, the importance of conducting oneself with honesty and integrity, and energizing yourself for work.  Guest speakers change weekly as do the topics introduced to enhance the student’s education and to make them more prepared for the realities of the world of work. 

Work Readiness/Career Development (Weeks 7-9)

The goal of this class is to use a professional e-mail account and to learn how to use cloud storage for portfolio information.  Students will conduct online job searches and career exploration and fill out a practice on-line application. Mock interviews will be conducted and when applicable, either complete a vocational evaluation or observe in a perspective training area.

Live Well (Weeks 1-6)

This six week program was originally introduced by Stanford University to focus on solutions to problems caused by living with ongoing mental and health conditions  Topics discussed are appropriate exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance as well as the nutritional benefits of eating healthy.  Strategies to cope with frustration, depression, and anxiety are introduced.  Students are also taught techniques to assist in problem solving and decision making.

Leisure Education (Weeks 1-9)

A class structured to building an understanding of constructive leisure and the benefits of leisure in the five domains: cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual. In this class, individuals learn the definition of leisure, the benefits of participating in leisure, how to incorporate and overcome barriers to their leisure lifestyles, creativity in different leisure interests, how to plan and structure a trip or special event, and the potential leisure opportunities available back in their home communities.

Leisure Skill Set (Weeks 1-9)

These classes are on a three week rotation with various leisure learning and skill set development opportunities.  Individuals select a class based on current interests to learn and develop a new skill.  Potential classes offered may include animal assisted therapy, arts and crafts, music and dance,  table top games, sports and athletics, outdoor skill development, horticulture, yoga, team building skills, and much more.

 


Contact Information

Email: Admissions

Phone: 800-345-9972, Ext. 5403327065, or 540-332-7065 | TTY 800-811-7893


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