Practical Perspective: Pre-Employment Transition Services, Counseling For Transition


We have been talking about the implementation of the WIOA Pre-Employment Services throughout my blog series, with the five required activities listed in my first post. The purpose of this federal law is to bring together schools and their state’s vocational rehabilitation agency to support students with IEPs and 504 plans to receive Pre-Employment Transition Services.


As Attainment Company completes our Pre-Employment Transition Solution Curriculum, I will share lessons that we are developing for within the classroom and the community.  Our curriculum will provide detailed lesson plans, access to 12 additional Attainment Company products, and professional development resources.

The third Pre-ETS listed in WIOA is counseling on opportunities for transition, or post-secondary education or higher education programs. This addresses the importance of discussing career pathway options for students with disabilities, starting as early as elementary school. Knowing the realities and projections of a community’s labor market will help with providing accurate and relevant information on career options. There are 16 broad categories encompassing most occupations from entry level to higher professional.  Choosing a career requires student exploration and planning. Students need to learn how to connect skill development and knowledge to future opportunities in post-secondary education (PSE) and employment.

Strategies for transition into PSE and employment include:  a) documenting needed accommodations for future post-secondary education and training; b) teaching students how to advocate for themselves when needing accommodations or services; c) documenting interests, abilities, learning styles, goals, and needs; d)  researching careers and their educational or training requirements; e) promoting self-advocacy skills; f) identifying financial aid options for post-secondary schools or training; g) completing career, vocational, and interest inventories and assessments; h) attending college and job fairs; i) identifying and planning for assistive technology needs; j) applying for vocational rehabilitation to determine eligibility; k) accessing long-term care services for students with more significant disabilities.


Example Lesson Plan:

Learning Objective: Students will learn about each career cluster, jobs in the cluster, and related pathways.

Essential Question: Are there occupations in the career clusters that I would be interested in pursuing?

  1. Teach how to assemble a Career Cluster Foldable (information included in Pre-ETS Instructor’s Guide).
  2. Begin the lesson with the Agriculture and National Resources Career Cluster Video.
    • After the video, pass out the Career Cluster Frame and Plan of Study.
    • Students may use these sheets to fill in the required information for the Career Cluster Foldable.
    • They may also use the Advance CTE website for additional details:
  3. Repeat this process for the remaining career clusters.

Supplemental Activity Ideas:

  • Invite a guest speaker from each career cluster to speak about their job.
  • Invite a school representative that specializes in one of the researched career clusters to speak.
  • Use student answers from the lesson to show several “NEW” career videos from CareerOneStop.
  • Send Life Skill Stories: Book 1, Story 8, The Lucky Dog, and the Story Quiz home with students. Students should read the story over the course of Unit 1, answer the questions, and take the quiz with others at home.


For additional information about WIOA and Pre-ETS, visit the WIOA Technical Assistance Center at .


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