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Coronado Unified School District

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CUSD WorkAbility Information


The WorkAbility I (WAI) grant programs provide comprehensive training in work, employment placement and follow-up for high school and transition students in special education who are making the transition from school to work, independent living and post-secondary education or training. The WAI program is funded and administered by the California Department of Education and offers special education students the opportunity to complete their secondary education while also obtaining marketable job skills for success in the modern labor market. 


Services Provided

Through support from the California Department of Education, students receive comprehensive vocational assessment and training, and work experience. Students enjoy supportive and competitive worksite placement, and follow-up services. The program offers on-the-job training with no employer costs, and training wages for some students.
The WAI Program provides an array of services, including but not limited to:
  • Work readiness skills training
  • Assessment of vocational interests/aptitudes
  • Career awareness and exploration
  • Work experience and employment placement
  • On-site training
  • Resume and interview preparation
  • 2-year follow-up upon exiting

Transition Supports

Transition services are work site learning experiences to connect the classroom to work. It is a purposeful, organized, and outcome-oriented process designed to help students move from school to employment. It  promotes independent living through activities and experiences  toward a successful transition post secondary education, training or employment. WAI provides students with training and resources that prepare them for successful transition to employment, continuing education and quality adult life   

Employer Partners

WorkAbility I partners with various employers in the community to provide students with opportunities for work placement. Employers provide opportunity for experience, job responsibilities and a work mentor:
  • Pre-screened students are ready to learn and work
  • Workers’ interests/skills are matched to employers’ needs
  • Low risk / low cost job training
  • Students receive ongoing guidance and support services from school staff


Benefits for the students participating in the WorkAbility Program: 
  • Enhance pre-employment skills (i.e., resume, cover letter, mock interview)
  • Individualized job development
  • On-the-job work experience  in the community
  • Earn money while gaining work experience

WorkAbility Contact Information

Kristen Ereno
WorkAbility Coordinator
650 D Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118 
(619) 522-8907 ext. 2101

Arden Gillbert
WorkAbility Coach
650 D Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118 
(619) 522-8907 ex. 2140

Employer Partner Information

CUSD wants to thank all of the businesses and organizations below, plus many others that have been integral in partnering with CUSD to provide our students meaningful work experience. We truly appreciate your support!

Amalo Brew Image Clayton Boney
CBC logo Costa Azul logo PAWS logo
Island Pasta logo Coronado Golf Course logo
Sea World logo

If you are interested in partnering with CUSD's WorkAbillity Program, please email Arden Gillberg, WorkAbility Coach, at for additional information.There are several ways to get involved and we look forward to working with you!