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The Work-Based Learning Experience (WBLE) program went into effect with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in January 2016. This program offers a student 90 hours of work experience in the community. It is to be utilized primarily for students with disabilities ages 16-21 who are enrolled in high school or college, and are referred to this program funded through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. The following schools are participating during the 2017-2018 school year: Beaver Falls, Central Valley, Glade Run, Hopewell, New Brighton, New Horizon, Riverside, South Side, and St. Stephens.
Recently, a student was referred for a WBLE who lived outside of available public transportation and had great interest in working as a car technician, as that was his training focus while working at Beaver County Career & Technology Center. After an exhaustive search for a partnering company, he was extended an opportunity to work at a local car dealership, but did not have the qualifying license to permit him to work onsite. The student worked hard at getting his license, but once he received it, discovered that the position had been filled. Remaining hopeful, another search occurred and a local shop that did oil changes and vehicle maintenance. They agreed to permit him to do his WBLE there onsite. He has done an incredible job of learning all of the responsibilities of a technician, and with some decreasing support has been extended the opportunity to be hired by them and is moving forward with a full time position effective the day that he completes the work based learning experience. Both the employer and our student and his family are thrilled with the opportunity and how it has worked out to the student’s benefit.
Beaver County Rehabilitation Center is a nonprofit organization in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, whose mission is to support those with barriers to employment and independent, quality living due to disability. Our services range from serving youth to those 65 and older, and include a variety of supports relating to employment and recovery. Nearly 500 individuals are supported each month through these services. Though BCRC primarily operates out of Beaver County, we also serve individuals in the Allegheny, Lawrence, and Butler County areas.
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