Morningside has been serving students through the School-to-Work program in Thurston County, since 1992. Currently, we have school district partners at the following Transition programs: Tumwater School District: LINCS, Yelm Community Schools: Site house, North Thurston School District: VOICE, Olympia School District: Roberta Dee House, Tenino High School: Transition Program & Rochester High School.
Though the number fluctuates each year, we serve approximately 15-20 students.
The process for a School-to-Work student who initiates employment services is very similar to other job seekers that enter into service with Morningside.
1). Intake: General information is gathered and funding is determined by school district, Thurston County & DVR. 2). Discovery: Students discover work interests, skills, capacities with the help of Morningside staff & Transition staff. Students participate in Person Centered Planning, job tours & gain soft skill training (in Job Club). 3). Internships: Students are matched with Internship sites, or new sites are developed to match their interests & partner with Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). 4). Job Development: Students and Morningside staff seek to find paid work, based on what they learned and experienced throughout the school year. 5). Training: Once a job is obtained, the level of support needed is determined by the student and their team (DVR, Thurston County, Morningside staff, residential supports/family). Morningside is then contracted to provide that desired level of support to result in a successful training period. 6). Long Term Supports: After the initial training period is over, individuals may determine that they need ongoing job coaching support where they would enter into Employment Services through Thurston County.