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PUSD launches internships for adults with special needs

Eight-month program will help participants gain crucial skills, find employment

The Pleasanton Unified School District has launched a new internship program for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and they will soon be seeking applicants to begin in the winter.

The paid internships aim to prepare adults with special needs for competitive integrated employment, according to district officials. The program is offered in partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) in order to receive the necessary referrals and funding to support the program.

"The goal is for interns to leave the program at the end of the internship with the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to be successful candidates for employment," district officials said.

The program, which launched last month, will soon be accepting applications for students beginning in the winter.

The internships will last about eight months, with interns placed based on their interests and the needs of departments in the school district or at other possible work sites. Interns will work for approximately four hours a day, and they will be supported by an employment training specialist and receive ongoing feedback.

Those chosen to participate are required to join the PUSD Adult and Career Education community integration program and enroll in the workforce skills class. Interns are responsible for their own transportation, though travel training is a possibility if needed.

Applicants must be eligible for services with the DOR and be a RCEB consumer.

At the end of their internship, participants will receive a certificate of completion, have their skills and knowledge documented in a portfolio and receive job placement support.

For more information, contact the district office for Adult and Career Education at adulteducation@pleasantonusd.net or 463-0616.

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