Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center
Fishersville, VA 22939

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 needed to be successful in the workplace. It addresses such work behaviors as punctuality, work attitude, and initiative. Four employment areas are available to provide hands-on experience and work activities in business/production, services or trades related 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. Students will develop a Good Day Plan.

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 at WWRC versus those activities that are less important. Students will be introduced to a “Good Day Plan” and will create their own morning routine schedule and will be exposed to different techniques and devices to organize themselves as well as their time. Students will discuss concepts of punctuality, prioritizing, and time saving as well as time wasting.

Take Charge! (Weeks 1-3)

This class looks at how we deal with drama in our everyday lives. We discuss how to deal with it so it doesn’t disrupt or lives. This class looks at how dealing appropriately with the drama around you gives you the opportunity to be a leader. Clients learn to use “I” messages and assertive communication to take charge of the situation.

Self Determination and Leadership (Weeks 1-6)

This class is an opportunity for students to learn about Self-Determination, locus of control, self-efficacy and seeing things from other’s perspectives to create well rounded leading worker. Students also learn to define Leadership, and discuss qualities of good leaders and find practical vocational, as well as life applications of leadership skills.

Live Well! (Weeks 1-6)

This program from Stanford University 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.

Learner's Permit (Weeks 4-6

Clients study and review the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles manual. They practice road sign recognition and general knowledge questions on simulated knowledge tests in order to be better prepared to take the actual test at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Students showing satisfactory progress in class and meeting DMV requirements for medical release and Personal identification are taken to the local DMV to test for their learner’s permit.

Advocacy (Weeks 4-6)

In this class students will be exposed to the history that led to the establishment of the federal American with Disabilities Act (ADA). They will be introduced to the rights provided under the ADA and some accommodations that would be helpful with their personal disabilities. The students will be able to identify “reasonable accommodations” as well as “unreasonable accommodations” for the workplace environment. They will also be exposed to appropriate verbal and nonverbal skills that would be beneficial for self-advocacy and effective communication.

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, counting coins and bills, and writing money in both word and number form. Introduce clients to writing checks, making deposits, on line banking, 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.

Who's the Boss? (Weeks 4-6)

This class provides an overview of the importance of getting along with a boss, identifies different characteristics of bosses and ways to interact with them. The role of a supervisor and expectations are discussed.

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.

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.

Contact Information

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