VVT Co-Op Program
Currently, blind or visually impaired college students graduate with little or no work experience related to their field of study. A course has been developed and implemented to address this issue. With this Co-op program, upon graduation, they have had summer or co-op jobs that prepare them for productive full time employment in the integrated workplace.
In the March – May timeframe the students (college undergraduates) attend a series of 2-4 workshop job-readiness sessions which focus on:
- Skill evaluation
- Resume guidelines
- Job interview guidelines
- Working with others in the integrated workplace
- Defining and redefining goals
- Conduct job searches with the guidance of VVT staff
- Do post-job interview debriefing with VVT staff (use as lessons-learned to improve interview skills)
- Secure summer-co-op job.
VVT staff will:
Start with ‘platform’ of current employer contacts
Stress advantages of hiring visually impaired or blind employees to prospective employers.
- Source of dedicated, loyal workers
- No ‘obligation’ for long-term hire
- Good employees are likely long-term hire
- Diverse work force
Provides the following employer support:
- Assessment of equipment and accommodations (if any) needed by employee
- Guidelines on cost of equipment/accommodations (e.g., BBVS partnership)
- Technical support of equipment once in use
- Full support of h/r staff in resolving any impairment-related or personal employee issues that could include:
- – Travel or internal mobility issues
- – Guide dog issues
- – Workplace conduct issues
- – Answering “how do I talk to a blind person” questions
Gather end-of-work-period evaluations from both employee and employer and issue an Evaluation Report to the employer and sponsoring agency.
Contact Us: Training@VirtualVisionTech.com