Student HireAbility Navigators

Student HireAbility Navigators are part of a statewide initiative. This initiative provides support and coordination around the region to expand, enhance, and improve workforce transition services offered to students with disabilities and their families.

Student HireAbility Navigator’s Role

The role of Student HireAbility Navigators is to improve access to employment and training services and to increase employment opportunities for students with disabilities. Board Navigators do not administer direct services to students with exceptionalities but focus exclusively on developing support services to students with disabilities who are in the early phases of preparing for transition to post-secondary education and employment.

Student HireAbility Navigators as Resources

HireAbility Navigators serve as a resource in the workforce development area to support, expand, and enhance the provision of pre-employment transition services that are provided by Vocational Rehabilitation as well as other partners and programs in the service area. The five areas of pre-employment transition services are:

  • Career exploration
  • Work-based learning
  • Employment transition counseling
  • Workplace readiness
  • Self-advocacy

Promote awareness

Navigators promote pre-employment transition services and awareness provided by the Texas Workforce Commission’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services for students with exceptionalities/disabilities in the following three areas of focus:

  • Capacity building and system development
  • Partnering and collaboration
  • Informing and engaging employers

Collaborate & Partner

HireAbility Navigators collaborate and partner with several city and rural entities, such as Workforce Solutions Centers, local Vocational Rehabilitation offices, school districts, Education Service Center Region 20, Education Service Center Region 13, chambers of commerce, community partners, parents, and employers.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Do the Student HireAbility Navigators provide direct services?
    • No; Board Navigators do not administer direct services to students, but focus exclusively on developing support services to students with disabilities who are in the early phases of preparing for transition to post-secondary education and employment.
  • I am a teacher or administrator and would like more information on disability services. Can you help?
    • Yes! Please contact us by email or phone to connect with our Board Navigators.
  • Where can I find more information on disability services?
    • Please click here to go to our Vocational Rehabilitation Page.
    • Please click here to visit the Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Page (TWC VRS) information page.

Get Connected

Contact your Workforce Solutions Alamo Board HireAbility Navigators, Donna Mims or Janice B. Onyejiako for questions or comments.

General Questions email: HireAbilityNavigators@wsalamo.org

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