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Work & Independence Skills Evaluation Program (W.I.S.E)

Enhance your independent living and work skills!


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 skills, abilities, interests, and goals. Training may occur as a combination of community integrated activities, such as volunteering, and in-house activities, which includes paid work training or unpaid vocational work skills and independent living skills training. 


Independent living skills topics may include physical mobility, personal care, daily maintenance and safety, food and nutrition, social and communication, and functional academic skills training. Vocational work skills training topics may include workplace skills, tools for job exploration, how to be a productive worker, good work habits, and money skills. 


Provides opportunities for more meaningful, self-paced, skills training activities that support progress on individualized goals.



​​Utilizes Community Participation to connect learned skills with real-world community environments.


Participants get the opportunity to do tours, volunteering, and activities that match their interests and ability.​


Helps to evaluate and prepare participants for new pre-vocational and community work opportunities.

W.I.S.E. Testimonials

“I like to make money and love being with my friends.  People here like me! I like everyone here too.  It’s fun to do Job Jeopardy, Job Bingo, make wind chimes, blankets for dog beds, the yard sale and bake sale.  I like to work on different jobs too.  They helped me to get ready for my job at Oil City School District.”      

- Jaimie M.


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

Pre-Vocational Participation Program

Kailey Gutowski, Program Specialist

Phone -814-676-5755, Ext 116 or email

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