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School-to-Work Alliance Program (SWAP)

 
SWAP is a collaborative initiative between the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and local school districts/Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), area Businesses, and is supported by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).  The program is designed to provide case management and direct services to young adults who need support in developing vocational awareness, career exploration, and experiencing career and employment opportunities.
 
 
 
Our Mission
To believe in and create an environment that encourages and inspires young adults to grow by succeeding in the world of work.
 
 Purpose of SWAP


The purpose of SWAP is to assist young adults in making the transition from school to employment, provide successful employment outcomes, increase community linkages, and new patterns of service for young adults within all categories of disabilities. The program's goals include:
Building on current transition planning efforts;
Creating a career pathway through pre-employment transition services; Filling the case management gap for the targeted population; and
Supporting collaboration between DVR and local school districts/BOCES.
 
Who Is Eligible for SWAP Services?
Have a mild to moderate disability. Examples:
      *Learning Disabilities
      *Physical Disabilities
      *ADD or ADHD
      *Emotional Behavior Disorder
      *Substance Abuse
      *At risk of dropping out or have dropped out of school
Youth between the ages of 15-24
Youth out of school
Graduates with barriers
Drop-outs with barriers

What Does SWAP Offer to Young Adults?
Career exploration
Assessment of skills & interests
Development of a resume
Instruction on filling out job application
Interview skills
Provide support in the form of mentorship and short term job coaching (as needed)
Supervising youths’ progress on the job
Job retention Skills
Post employment follow-up and support
successful employment outcomes, increase community linkages, and new patterns of service for young adults within all categories of disabilities. The programs's goals include:
  •  Building on current transition planning efforts;
  •  Creating a career pathway through pre-employment transition services;
  • Filling the case management gap for the targeted population;
  • Supporting collaboration between DVR and local school districts/BOCES
 
Who is Eligible for SWAP Services?
  • Youth between the ages of 15-24
  • Have a mild to moderate disability. Examples
       Learning Disabilities
       Physical Disabilities
       ADD or ADHD
       Emotional Behavior Disorder
       Mental Health
       Substance Abuse
  • At risk of dropping out or have dropped out of school
  • Youth in school or out of school 
 
What Does SWAP Offer to Young Adults?
  • Career exploration
  • Assessments of skills & interests
  • Development of resume
  • Instruction on filling out job application
  • Interview skills
  • Provide support in the form of mentorship and short term job coaching (as needed)
  • Supervising youths' progress on the job
  • Job retention skills
  • Post employment follow-up and support
 
 
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the SWAP specialist in your area:

Shaunna Mata
Cell: 970-946-4659
Email: smata@sjboces.org
Program Coordinator
Bayfield, Durango, Ignacio, Silverton

Heather Goetz
Cell: 970-903-7568
Email: hgoetz@sjboces.org
Durango, Silverton

 

Rhonda Padilla
Cell: 970-570-9568
Email: rpadilla@sjboces.org
Cortez, Dolores, Dove Creek, Mancos

Beth Rivas
Cell: 970-769-2186
Email: brivas@sjboces.org
Pagosa Springs