School to Work

Program description

Pierce County’s School to Work Program is designed to assist eligible transition students in obtaining paid employment prior to exiting school. Students enrolled in the program will work directly with a supported employment agency; that will collaborate with the student, their parent(s)/guardian, school district staff, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). The goal is to help the student find a good job before exiting the school district’s transition program, thus make a seamless transition into the adult services system.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must be turning 21 and in their last year of eligibility for school services.
  • Students must have an open case with the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).
  • Students must be enrolled and attending a Pierce County High School.
  • Students must apply and be eligible for services with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).
  • Students must have desire to have their own job in the community.
  • Students are encouraged to apply for benefits through Social Security Administration.

Steps to enroll:

  • Complete a school to work application packet. Contact your current school teacher or Pierce County at 253-719-3110 to obtain a packet.
  • Select a supported employment agency. Complete Student/Agency agreement form.
  • Apply for DVR services. Please contact the School to Work DVR Liaison.
  • Contact your DDA Case Resource Manager or if you are on the Non-paid Services caseload, contact 1-800-735-6740 and request the program.