Grant funding has been extended to assist more high school students with disabilities in Dakota and Scott counties to explore jobs, career pathways and more.

The multi-faceted effort is called ProACTION Pre-employment Transition Services, or Pre-ETS, for students in ninth grade through age 21. “More than anything, it’s expanding the knowledge of what could potentially be next for these individuals, said Kim Feller, ProAct VP of programs and services.

Students receive job exploration support, learn how to develop a road map for future school and/or employment, visit post-secondary schools in the area, receive classroom-based work readiness training and gain actual work experience in the community. They also learn how to advocate for themselves and grow their self-confidence through personal support and positive peer experiences.