WAY Transition Services
About WAY Transition Services
The WAY Program at Baker Victory Services (BVS) offers several transitional services designed to help young people develop the skills necessary for a successful school-to-adult transition. Participating students will leave high school with the skill sets needed to obtain and maintain employment in today's competitive workforce. The WAY Program is a transition vendor for both Bridges to Health and Wrap Around Services.
The program's facilitators have extensive experience in vocational skills training and are committed to a client-centered approach. Services provided involve the student, his/her family, and his/her school throughout the process. The BVS team also specializes in working with youth with disabilities.
The WAY Program offers several unique transition services, including hands-on work experience at a variety of worksites located in their community, situational assessments and evaluations, individual job development, job shadows/internships, individual vocational planning, on-site job coaching, and much more.
As a part of the program, students build their own personal Transition Portfolio which tells a unique story and highlights their individual accomplishments and work experience. This digital portfolio includes resumes, cover letters and other resources designed to guide the student through his/her transition.
The WAY Program at BVS is devoted to providing such opportunities to adolescents and young adults with trauma histories, developmental disabilities, mental health, and behavior concerns.
Why Choose WAY Transition?
Transitional services are based on the students' individual needs, preference and interests. Integral to the program is the collaboration of WAY Program staff and school districts to develop a career plan in accordance to a student's IEP transitional goals and competencies.
The WAY Program also has a wide variety of employer partners that provide hands-on work experience in conjunction with classroom curriculum and transition activities.
Work-Based Learning & CDOS Credential
The New York State Department of Education requires that young people complete a minimum of 216 hours of work-based learning to earn the CDOS Commencement Credential. School districts must ensure that a student with a disability receives his/her transition services at no cost to the parent. Transition services may be provided by the school district or by a participating agency.
Bridges to Health & Wrap Around Services
Students receiving either Bridges to Health or Wrap Around Services are eligible to participate in the WAY Program afterschool prevocational group worksites or receive individual services to assist with securing community employment. Students also have the opportunity receive credit toward CDOS work-based learning hour requirements.
Student Employment Training Program
The Employment Training Program (ETP) is a program funded though OPWDD that provides paid traineeship for students to assist with the school to work transition. WAY Program staff work with the school district in securing an ETP opportunity for trainees. This program allows students the ability to increase their employability while still in school and being paid through ETP funding