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Whittier Union High School District

Projects With Industry (PWI)

What is the Projects with Industry (PWI) Program?

PWI focuses on personalized career planning for individuals with mild to significant disabilities.  The goal of the program is to facilitate employment preparation, job placement, and career advancement by utilizing community partnerships and employer support. 

The Bridges Team assists with benefits planning and management.  They will evaluate which SSI incentives will help the participant to reach their goals, and will assist with reporting earning to the Social Security Administration.

 

Who Can Participate?

The program is available for transition aged youth who want to become independent, earn more money and contribute to the community.  Participants must:

  • Be between 1826 years of age
  • Have a mild to significant disability
  • Be eligible for the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Be a US Citizen or legally eligible to work in the US

 

How Does it Work?

  • Contact service coordinator to determine eligibility.
  • Complete program application.
  • Attend intake meeting to identify employment objectives and create an action plan.
  • Identify employment supports needed.
  • Work with program staff toward obtaining and retaining competitive employment and reducing reliance on public benefits.
  • Willing to work 15-40 hours per week.
  • Availability of either private or public transportation.
  • Receive continued support through employment.

 

For further information please contact:

Benefits Coordinator: Mentoring Services:
Teri Chang   Ginni Bachtelle
(562) 698-8121 x. 1253  (562) 698-8121 ext. 1284
 Teri.Chang@wuhsd.k12.ca.us   Ginni.Bachtelle@wuhsd.k12.ca.us