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Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) provides students with disabilities with Self-Advocacy Instruction, Counseling on Post Secondary Options, Job Exploration Counseling, Work Based Learning and Work Readiness Training. Our Community Employment Program Specialists work collaboratively with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the schools to help students prepare for their future in the world of work. 


Self-Advocacy Instruction helps students with disabilities build skills to solve problems and communicate their own needs and interests.

Job Exploration helps students with disabilities learn about jobs and pick a career. 

Workplace Readiness Training teaches students with disabilities how to get and keep a job. 

Work Based Learning uses community workplaces to provide students with disabilities the knowledge and skills that will help them connect school experiences to real-life work activities and future career opportunities.

Counseling on Postsecondary Options helps students with disabilities decide if college or training after high school is right for them.

IEP Meeting Attendance and Consultation provides the IEP team with information about OVR services to determine the appropriate time to refer the student to an OVR Counselor for individualized case services, along with information about community resources that can assist in coordinating Transition Services. 


Provides a generalized early start to job exploration. 



Assists students with disabilities in identifying their career interests.

Provides students with a paid community integrated work experience at local employer sites.

Prepares individuals with disabilities for and achieve competitive integrated employment.


Through the Pre-Vocational “Work and Independence Skills Evaluation Program” (W.I.S.E.) program professionals conduct or facilitate skills training activities to assist participants in building new independent living and vocational work skills, according to each participant’s schedule and individualized home and community living and employment goal(s). Training may occur as a combination of community integrated and in-house activities, which includes paid or unpaid vocational work skills and independent living skills training. 

“I like working here.  I learned how to get a job. Then they helped me get a part time job at Dunkin Donut.” 

- Mike Newbee


It’s time to contact us to learn how to qualify for enrollment

Pre-ETS Program

Joanne McGuire, Community Employment Program Director

Phone -814-676-5755, Ext. 148 or email 

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