School-to-Work Alliance Program (SWAP)

SWAP assists young adults with mild to moderate needs in employment to progressively build skill sets that will contribute to successful career pathways.

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).  

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 offer new patterns of service for young adults within all categories of disabilities.

Who Is Eligible for SWAP Services?

  • Youth between the ages of 15-24
  • In school or out of school
  • Have mild to moderate employment needs. Examples:
          * Learning Disabilities
          * Physical Disabilities
          * ADD or ADHD
          * Mental Health Condition
          * Substance Abuse

What Does SWAP Offer to Young Adults?

  • Work experiences (paid & unpaid)
  • Career exploration
  • Assessment of skills & interests
  • Resume development
  • Interview skills
  • Instruction on filling out job application
  • Mentorship and short term job coaching
  • Job retention skills
  • Counseling on post-secondary opportunities

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the SWAP specialist in your area:

Rhonda Padilla
970-247-3261 ext.181
970-570-9568 c
[email protected]
Program Coordinator
Cortez, Dove Creek, Dolores


Karen Proctor
970-247-3261 ext.175

970-813-0393 c
[email protected]

Durango, Silverton



Alex Bond
970-247-3261 ext.176

970-880-2945 c

[email protected]


Ignacio, Mancos


Beth Rivas
970-247-3261 ext.174

970-769-2186 c
[email protected]

Pagosa Springs, Bayfield