Transition Services

Work Readiness Academy

Starting in January 2017, UCESC's Transition Services Department launched a partnership with Elizabeth Public Schools to begin providing community-based work-learning experiences for a cohort of students with disabilities from John E. Dwyer Technology Academy. 

The students spend 1-2 afternoons per week placed in a Structured Learning Experience (SLE) at local  businesses. The first two businesses to sign on to the program are Marshalls at The Mills at Jersey Gardens and Walgreens Pharmacy on Rahway Avenue.  The program provides students with disabilities the opportunity to participate in internships where they learn and develop behaviors and skills critical for competitive employment.

While local school districts are typically able to provide classroom-based instruction in career readiness and functional life skills, they often do not have the capacity to provide the staffing, supervision, and transportation for community-based work-learning experiences.  UCESC works with districts to develop and manage cost-effective and successful SLE programs at businesses in the district's local community.  UCESC staff remain on-site during the internships to provide and fade support and assistance as needed.

If your school district is interested in learning more about how to partner with UCESC's Transition Services Department, please contact Josh Bornstein, Director of Special Projects at jbornstein@ucesc.org or (908) 233-9317, Ext. 246.