Pre-Employment Transition Services
Your Future Begins Here
KCTCS Pre-ETS is a partnership with the Education and Workforce Cabinet’s Office of
Vocational Rehabilitation to serve Kentucky students with disabilities age 14-21 in
public or private schools, home schooled students, postsecondary institutions, adult
education programs, and alternative school settings such as Juvenile Justice. We
want to help students plan for the future and prepare for careers that match their
skills, abilities and interests.
To meet the employment needs of students with disabilities, KCTCS Pre-ETS provides pre-employment transition services which include:
- Post-Secondary Counseling and Exploration
- Job Exploration Counseling
- Workplace Readiness Training
- Self-Advocacy Instruction
- Work-Based Learning Experiences
These services are designed to make a difference and to be an early start at job exploration
for students with disabilities when making the transition from secondary to post-secondary
education/training and competitive, integrated employment.
Our Core Services
- Educate and inform students of short and long term post-secondary training opportunities, and assist in gaining an understanding of how different training options may meet their individual needs.
- Promoting participation in postsecondary education
- Attending college fairs and tours
- Facilitate student visits to disability support services at local colleges to learn how to access services and supports that assist people with disabilities.
- Discussion of students’ vocational interests
- Review of local labor market and in-demand industries and occupations
- Non-traditional employment options
- Identification of career pathways of interest to the students
- Apprenticeships and Job Shadowing
- Paid and non-paid internships and/or work experiences
- Informational interviews
- Training on self-awareness, disclosure of disability, and knowing individual rights and responsibilities
- Receive training on communication, problem solving, and other specific social and interpersonal skills as well as independent living skills
These services are designed to make an impactful difference and to be an early start
at job exploration for students with disabilities when making the transition from
secondary to post-secondary education/training and competitive, integrated employment.
This project is funded by the Office for the Blind and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation with Federal Program Basic Support Funds 84.126A.
Pre-ETS College Contact
Mrs. Heather LaBarbara, M.A.Ed. and Rank I Special Education
Pre Employment Transition Specialist
Bluegrass Community & Technical College
164 Opportunity Way
Lexington, KY 40511
Building A- Leestown Campus, Room 217