Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center
Fishersville, VA 22939

Pre-employment Readiness and Education Program (PREP)

Class Descriptions

Employment Skills (Weeks 1-9)

This class is a hands-on program designed to teach appropriate work behaviors needed to be successful in the workplace. It addresses such work behaviors as punctuality, work attitude, and initiative. Three employment areas are available to provide hands-on experience and work activities in business, food service or manual/woodworking skills. Each employment area provides classroom and work activities which reinforce employer expectations. Clients are assigned to this class depending upon their interests and the availability of slots in each employment area.

Daily Planning (Weeks 1-3)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in increasing their ability to follow a daily schedule, apply daily organizational skills, learn planning strategies and use problem solving skills. Discussions include topics such as how to plan ahead, develop strategies for being on time to class, use accommodations to assist with organizational skills, and identify action steps for problem solving.

Hygiene (Weeks 1-9)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in learning how to present a clean, professional image in an employment environment. Individualized instruction is provided in managing personal care needs to include hygiene, grooming, appropriate dress, and overall appearance.

Laundry (Weeks 1-3)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in understanding aspects of clothing care to include laundering options, appropriate use of washing machines, product options, stain removal, and fabric care.

Time Management (Weeks 1-3)

The goal of this class is to increase the clients awareness of prioritizing what activities are important to their success here at WWRC versus those activities that are less important. Clients will create their own schedule for morning and evening routines and will be introduced to different ways to organize themselves. Clients will discuss concepts of time management, prioritizing, and time saving versus time wasting.

Driver's Preparation (Weeks 1-3)

Clients are able to practice road sign recognition and general knowledge questions on a simulated knowledge test in order to be better prepared to take the actual test at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV. For those already holding a learner's permit, it is a review prior to a behind the wheel class. All students are seeking a referral for a driving evaluation through the Occupational Therapy Department for referral to a WWRC sponsored driving program.

Self Determination (Weeks 1-6)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in understanding the process by which they can set realistic goals and learn to be self-efficient. Demonstrations of different approaches to self- advocacy and how to recognize the difference in assertive, aggressive and passive communication techniques are explored. Clients create a video presentation to assist them in their personal presentation and advocacy skills. This process culminates in the clients' ability to lead their own WWRC Progress Review Meetings.

Social Skills (Weeks 1-6)

The goal of these classes is to assist clients in increasing their basic social skills through dynamic group activities which foster team building. Activities encourage social interactions and build self-confidence while developing effective communication, decision-making, and conflict resolution skills.

Advocacy (Weeks 4-6)

The goal of this class is to assist clients in understanding the federal American with Disabilities Act and state disability rights and laws. Clients learn about their civil rights and resources available when seeking employment, at interviews, and on the job. Clients learn how to access these resources and advocate for themselves effectively in the job market and in their home community.

JobSKILLS 101 (Weeks 4-6)

The goal of this class is to build on and practice skills taught in weeks 1-3 classes in preparation for success in Work Readiness taught in weeks 7-9. Clients will learn the workplace attitudes that employers value most. Clients will be given the opportunity to practice interacting with a supervisor and co-workers through lessons, team experiences and role-play scenarios. Lessons will also increase clients' knowledge of their strengths and career interests to promote a successful career goal.

Money Management (Weeks 4-6)

Assess client's basic money management skills to include coin and bill identification, a counting coins and bills, and writing money in both word and number form. Introduce clients to writing checks, making deposits, keeping a record of check/check card transactions and balancing their accounts so they can better manage their personal finances and bill payment. Assist clients to understand information on a pay stub, how to complete a W-4, the difference between a want and need, know what a budget is, and prepare a simple budget.

You Can!, Live Well! (Weeks 2-7)

This program focuses on solutions to problems caused by living with ongoing health conditions to matters of daily decision making. Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) getting a good night's sleep, 6) relaxation techniques, 7) nutrition, 8) decision making, 9) how to evaluate new treatments and much more.

Work Readiness/Career Development (Weeks 7-9)

The goal of this class is to set up and use a professional e-mail account, create an online transition portfolio, conduct online job searches and career exploration, prepare a job application, observe a prospective training area, and to prepare for and complete a mock interview.

CRC/Aztec Lab (Weeks 1-9)

In the CRC Lab, clients prepare for the WorkKeys exam. Instructors utilize a variety of tools, such as Aztec, KeyTrain, and work readiness packets, to enhance workforce problem solving skills with the goal of clients earning a Career Readiness Certificate. Data, such as TABE scores, Aztec module performance, written work, speed of progress, and client behavior, is used to identify potential candidates for WorkKeys testing.

Leisure Education (Weeks 2-9)

A class structured to building an understanding of constructive leisure. In this class, individuals learn the definition of leisure, how to incorporate leisure into their lives, creativity in leisure interests, how to plan and structure a trip or special event, and potential leisure opportunities back in their home communities.

Leisure Skill Set (Weeks 2-9)

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 a new skill. Potential classes offered may include animal assisted therapy, works of art, sports, games, outdoor skills development, horticulture, etc.

Controlling Anger and Behaviors (By referral)

Therapeutic group discussing the definition of anger, anger cycle, common causes of anger, cognitive, physical and behavioral symptoms of anger; thought distortion; constructive versus destructive anger; interpersonal communication/social skills; relaxation and coping techniques.

Contact Information

Email Admissions (AdmissionsWLInfo@wwrc.virginia.gov)
Phone 800-345-9972, Ext. 5403327065 or 540-332-7065
TTY 800-811-7893