CUSD WorkAbility Information

WorkAbility I (WAI) is a school-based transition program working to benefit students, employers, and the community at large by providing students vocational and career or technical training for the specific skills they will need when they enter the workforce. Participating in the program as an employer helps challenged young adults become productive members of our community and instills confidence and pride in inexperienced students to prepare them for life after high school.

Each of California’s 58 counties has at least one WAI Program that 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
  • Resume and interview preparation 
  • 2-year follow-up upon exiting

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.

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Transition Supports

  • WAI promotes independent living and youth development through activities and experiences that help develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies
  • WAI provides students with training and resources that prepare them for successful transition to employment, continuing education and quality adult life training wages for some students.


WAI 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

If you are a local employer interested in partnering with CUSD's WorkAbillity Program, please email Bruce Reaves WorkAbility Job Coach for additional information:


WAI works with students through:

  • Enhancing pre-employment skills (i.e., resume, cover letter, mock interview)
  • Individualized job development
  • On-the-job work experience

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