Pre-Employment Transition Services

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) sets aside federal funds for the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to “students with disabilities.” This is a great opportunity to ensure students have access to meaningful career planning in order to help with the seamless movement from high school to employment or post-secondary training.

I love the program because it has given me a good support group that has helped me through both good and bad times.
— DJ Gilbert, Pre-Employment Transitions Student

5 Core Services Provided by Pre-ETS


Job Exploration counseling

  • Discussion of students’ vocational interests

  • Review of local labor market and in-demand industries and occupations

  • Non-traditional employment options

  • Identification of career pathways of interest to the students

Work-Based learning Experience

  • Apprenticeships and shadowing

  • Paid and non-paid internships and/or work experiences

  • Informational interviews

  • Volunteering



  • Gaining awareness of career pathways

  • Promoting participation in post secondary education

  • Attending college fairs and tours

  • Accessing services and supports from agencies that assist people with disabilities

Instruction On self-Advocacy

  • Training on self-awareness, disclosure of disability, and knowing individual rights and responsibilities.

WorkPlace readiness training

  • Receive training on communication, problem solving, and other specific social and interpersonal skills as well as independent living.



An individual with a disability in a secondary, post secondary, or other recognized education program who:

  • is between ages of 14 and 22 years old

  • is eligible for, and receiving, special education or related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IEP, 504 Plan)

Pre-ETS Party at KCARC’S 1972 Community Fun Facility