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TRC Summer Camps 2019

NAME OF THE PROGRAM: TRC Sessions in Gaining Helpful Transitional Skills (S.I.G.H.T.S. Program)

TARGETED POPULATION: Blind or Visually Impaired High School Students ages 14-22 years old.

TARGET NUMBER TO SERVE:  Maximum of 10

TARGETED TIME FRAME AND LOCATION:  9:00 am - 2:00 pm

June 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2019

Classes will be held at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna. Lunch will be provided. All students will be day students.

MAJOR EMPHASIS:  The goal of this workshop-based transition program is to help high school students who are blind or visually impaired make post-high school plans and determine whether college, job, or skills training is the next best step in reaching their employment goals. Students will learn the basics needed to help them begin to transition from high school to the world of work or college and the transition from dependence on family to living as independently as possible. Students will receive the following services both individually and as a group: 

· Career Exploration, including Goal Setting

· Workplace Readiness Skills (Soft Skills and More)

· Self-Advocacy

· Pre-Employment Coaching / Career Mentoring

· Counseling on Post-Secondary Education

For additional information: 

Penny Johnson, Pre-Employment Transition Services Coordinator

Phone: (615) 223-8254 Email: penny.johnson@tn.gov

Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, 460 9th Avenue, Smyrna, TN  37167

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NAME OF THE PROGRAM:  Comprehensive Vocational Experience

TARGETED POPULATION:  Students between the ages of 14-22 years old who are still in school and who meet the Pre-ETS requirements    

TARGET NUMBER TO SERVE:  Maximum of 6

TARGETED TIME FRAME:  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

June 24, 25 & 26, 2019   or July 8, 9 & 10, 2019

All students will be day students. Update: Lunch will be provided for the June sessions.  The TRC-Smyrna Cafeteria will be closed from July 8 through July 19, therefore lunch will not be provided for July sessions. Classes will be held at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna.

MAJOR EMPHASIS:  The Comprehensive Vocational Experience may include the following:

• Testing to assess interest, job readiness, and  independent living skills;   

• Observation of work skills and abilities;

• Exploration of the TRC Vocational Training Programs;

• Exploration of career options: discovery of community employment opportunities, learning the essential requirements for specific careers, chance to observe and interview career experts to gain first-hand knowledge of careers;

• Investigate post-secondary options:  explore community post-secondary  schools and training programs, learn entrance requirements and funding options, have opportunity to discover post-secondary school academic demands

For additional information contact:

Penny Johnson, Pre-Employment Transition Services Coordinator

Phone: (615) 223-8254 Email: penny.johnson@tn.gov

Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, 460 9th Avenue, Smyrna, TN, 37167

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NAME OF THE PROGRAM:  Pathway to Success

TARGETED POPULATION: Students with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 22 years old who meet Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) requirements.

TARGET NUMBER TO SERVE:  Maximum of 15

TARGETED TIME FRAME:  June 24-28, 2019

9:00 am- 2:00 pm. Classes will be held at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna.

Lunch will be provided. All students will be day students.

MAJOR EMPHASIS:  The goal of this program is to jump start high school students with disabilities in preparing for the next step after graduation.  Students will get to experience campus life as they participate in a TRC tour and various hand’s on activities/ trainings throughout the campus.  This program will introduce students to basic concepts in job readiness skills, social/soft skills, independent living skills, self-advocacy, job exploration and post-secondary options.  Class topics may include:

· Discussion and exploration of job readiness concepts

· Learning and practicing social and interpersonal skills for the workplace

· Identifying and practicing needed independent skills such as financial management/budgeting, time management, daily living skills

· Exploring skills and interests via online interest assessments and/or hands on job training practice.

· Learning about job applications, resumes and job interviewing

· Self-Advocacy - Learning to speak for one self

· Self-Awareness - Learning about one’s strengths and needs

· Exploring options after high school such as college, technical training, employment, military

· Learning about the college application, FASFA/financial aid and when to apply for these services

For additional information contact:

Penny Johnson, Pre-Employment Transition Services Coordinator

Phone: (615) 223-8254 Email: penny.johnson@tn.gov

Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, 460, 9th Avenue, Smyrna, TN  37167

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NAME OF THE PROGRAM:  “Ready Set Go!”

TARGETED POPULATION:  Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind high school students

TARGET NUMBER TO SERVE:  Maximum of 16

TARGETED TIMEFRAME:  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

June 18, 19 & 20, 2019

Classes will be held at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna. Lunch will be provided. All students will be day students.

MAJOR EMPHASIS:  Provide students the tools and experiences needed to obtain successful and satisfying employment.  This program will focus on preparing the student with hands-on learning, discussion, informational handouts, and information to achieve the careers they desire.  Topics covered may include:

1. Workplace Readiness (Attitude, Appearance, Action)

2. Job Exploration       

3. Guest speakers who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind will present information about their jobs and education

4. Accommodations for the Workplace (Disability Rights of Tennessee)

5. Technology and Services

6. Shadowing assignments

7. Finances

8. How to find a job (Newspaper, Internet, People you know, Cold Calls)

9. How to create a professional resume

For additional information:

Penny Johnson, Pre-Employment Transition Services Coordinator

Phone: (615) 223-8254 Email: penny.johnson@tn.gov

Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, 460 9th Avenue, Smyrna, TN  37167

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NAME OF THE PROGRAM:  Self Discovery Camp

TARGETED POPULATION:  Students with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 22-years old who meet Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) requirements.  Update: The TRC-Smyrna Cafeteria will be closed from July 8 through July 19, therefore lunch will not be provided for July sessions. All students would be day students.

TARGET NUMBER TO SERVE:  Maximum of 10

TARGETED TIME FRAME:  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

July 15 – 19, 2019

Classes will be held at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna.

MAJOR EMPHASIS:  The Self Discovery Camp will provide participants with an array of fun and interesting experiential activities in the following areas:

· Discovery of personal preferences, interests, needs and strengths (PINS) relevant to future life/work pursuits

· Discovery of possible career pathways that match the participant’s PINS

· Discovery of work-based learning experiences in the TRC Vocational classrooms

· Discovery of planning tools for life/school/work transitions

· Discovery of personal workplace readiness (social skills, job seeking skills, and soft skills)

· Discovery of pride and responsibility for self-advocacy

For additional information: 

Penny Johnson, Pre-Employment Transition Services Coordinator

Phone: (615) 223-8254 Email: penny.johnson@tn.gov

Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, 460 9th Avenue, Smyrna, TN  37167

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NAME OF THE PROGRAM: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Transitional Education Program

TARGETED POPULATION: High School Students ages 14-22 yrs. old who have a diagnosed acquired brain injury. Lunch will be provided. All students would be day students.

TARGET NUMBER TO SERVE:  Maximum of 8 participants. 

TARGETED TIME FRAME: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

June 10 - 14, 2019

Classes will be held at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna.

MAJOR EMPHASIS:  The goal of the Traumatic Brain Injury Transitional Education Program is to provide and assist the individual in making post high school plans and to determine if college, job training, or employment is the next best step in reaching their employment goals.  Students may receive the following services: 

· Job Exploration

· Work Based Learning

· Counseling on Post-Secondary Education

· Work Readiness

· Self-Advocacy

For additional information: 

Penny Johnson, Pre-Employment Transition Services Coordinator

Phone: (615) 223-8254 Email: penny.johnson@tn.gov

Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, 460 9th Avenue, Smyrna, TN  37167

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NAME OF THE PROGRAM: TRC Transition Boot Camp

TARGETED POPULATION: High School Students who are on the Spectrum planning to attend college, preferably 11th or 12th grade students (to include 2019 graduating seniors who are enrolled in college for the 2019 Fall Semester). All students would be day students.

TARGET NUMBER TO SERVE:  Maximum of 10

TARGETED TIME FRAME: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

July 15 -17, 2019    

Update: The TRC-Smyrna Cafeteria will be closed from July 8 through July 19, therefore lunch will not be provided for July sessions. Classes will be held at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna.

MAJOR EMPHASIS:  The goal of the TRC Transition-to-College Boot Camp for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is to identify the unique needs that students with ASD may have as they transition from high school to college. Sessions will focus on introducing and practicing the executive function and communication skills necessary to successfully navigate the first-year of the college experience. 

Students will work individually and within a group on a variety of objectives:  

· Understanding changes in disability supports – Going from high school to college

· Self-advocacy – How to speak up for what you need

· Requesting accommodations from the Office of Disability Services & Faculty members

· Disclosure – Should I disclose my Autism?

· Increase self-awareness of what it means to have ASD in order to capitalize on my strengths

· Establishing structure and routines

· Time management

· Communicating with peers

For additional information: 

Penny Johnson, Pre-Employment Transition Services Coordinator

Phone: (615) 223-8254   Email: penny.johnson@tn.gov

Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, 460 9th Avenue, Smyrna, TN  37167

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NAME OF THE PROGRAM: TRC Workplace Social Skills Training Boot Camp  

TARGETED POPULATION:  Junior and Senior High school students between the ages of 14-22 who are on the Autism Spectrum. All students would be day students.

TARGET NUMBER TO SERVE:  Maximum of 10 during each session

TARGETED TIME FRAME AND LOCATION: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM  

· Session 1 - June 5, 12 & 19, 2019   OR

· Session 2 - July 8 – 10, 2019

Update: Lunch will be provided for the June sessions.  The TRC-Smyrna Cafeteria will be closed from July 8 through July 19, therefore lunch will not be provided for July sessions.

Classes will be held at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna.

MAJOR EMPHASIS:  The goal of the TRC Workplace Social Skills Training Boot Camp for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is to help the individual maintain his or her uniqueness while learning the communication skills needed to navigate the workplace. Students will work on a variety of the objectives below individually and as a group: 

· Build self-awareness – create safe atmosphere

· Teach targeted social skills – Practice, practice, practice!

· Disclosure/Prepping Employers

· Increase the student’s self-awareness of what it means to have ASD

· Help empower the student to capitalize on his/her strengths

· Help the student learn to advocate for him/herself

· Job Exploration

· Work Based Learning

· Counseling on Post-Secondary Education

· Work Readiness

For additional information: 

Penny Johnson, Pre-Employment Transition Services Coordinator

Phone: (615) 223-8254 Email: penny.johnson@tn.gov

Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, 460 9th Avenue, Smyrna, TN  37167

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NAME OF THE PROGRAM: CHIPS “Future Ready” Job Skills Boot Camp

FREE! For eligible students with disabilities ages 14-22.

Camp Dates:  June 17-21, 2019, 8:00-4:30 or  June 24-28, 2019, 8:00-4:30

Major Emphasis: 

This camp empowers learners to navigate their path with “future ready” academic, technical and life education. Participants will get hands-on project-based learning that prepares them for life and the real world. Participants will get the technical hard skills and people soft skills needed to find, get and keep a job and have a great career. Participants will use STEAM project-based learning programs with partners like Microsoft Education, Amazon Future Engineer, Google CS First, Code.org, Make Camp and Makey Makey to invent, create and build their own project portfolios. Participants will also play with tech toys and learn about robotics, circuitry, coding, AI, plus fun gamification.

For more information, contact TRC Smyrna at (615) 223-8254.

Students will need to bring two snacks and a lunch daily from home or purchase one at TRC for $6 a day.

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