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CIU 10 Showcases PSU WorkLink Program

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The Central Intermediate Unit 10, in collaboration with the Centre County Employment Coalition, recently kicked off its “Let’s Talk Secondary Transition” presentation series with a showcase of the Penn State WorkLink program – a fully integrated, on-campus, non-residential 2-year certificate program in WorkLink Strategies and Employability, at Penn State University (UP).

The PSU WorkLink program provides an opportunity for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) to participate in postsecondary experiences and education alongside their non-disabled peers at the University Park Campus.

The presentation included an overview of the PSU WorkLink Program – provided by WorkLink faculty and students – as well as information and discussion regarding integrated post-secondary educational opportunities, competitive integrated employment, and secondary transition planning for students with disabilities. The audience included a broad range of secondary transition stakeholders including students, families, caregivers, special education teachers/staff, IEP case-managers, school district administrators, related service providers, and community-based agency personnel. Approximately 50 people attended the virtual presentation on Friday, January 8th, 2021.

Topics being considered for future “Let’s Talk Secondary Transition” presentations include, (1) an overview of ODP employment services, (2) a parent panel on the transition from school to work, (3) an overview of OVR services, (4) an overview of ID & autism waiver funding, and (5) an overview of SSI / WIPA.

Registration for future “Let’s Talk Secondary Transition” presentations and events will be available via the Central Intermediate Unit 10 website (www.ciu10.org) and will be announced to our Local Task Force (LTF) listserv. If you have any questions or would like to join the CIU 10 LTF listserv, please contact CIU 10 Educational Consultant – Ryan Gill (rgill@ciu10.org).