Employment Transition Services (DVR Pre-ETS and DVR ETS) is a coordinated process that promotes movement from school to post-school activities.  Through employment-related experiences and on-the-job learning, students can receive significant exposure to the workforce and can prepare for their future work environment.

Some students will benefit from in classroom training throughout the school year that moves them through a series of readiness classes,  job explorations, interviews, job shadows and real world job experiences. While older students may move right into trying a variety of work experiences. 

Working age youth with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 21 who are receiving educational services under an Individual Education Plan (IEP), 504 Plan or have a disability can elect to utilize Boost Collaborative’s transition services via the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation education services.

All students require a consultation and referral from the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (WA/DVR).

Boost Collaborative is a contracted provider to WA/DVR for these services.

Pre-ETS is available within school disctricts in Whitman county and ETS is available via service providers in Whitman county and through other providers as identified by your DVR provider. A work-based learning experience is an opportunity for a student to gain real-world work experiences and competitive wages.

Work Readiness Training is an on-site, competitive paid work-based learning experience where a student is given the opportunity to learn worksite behaviors.

How to Apply:

All Pre-ETS and ETS Employment Services require a consultation and referral from DVR.

Basic pre-requisites and responsibilites for referral include the following:

  • Students must be 16-21 years of age and have an IEP or 504 Plan, or a disability with school to work transition services outlined.
  • Student must possess state issued identification, social security card or an acceptable alternative to complete employment related documents.
  • The student must be willing or quickly learn safe personal conduct to safely work as a team member in a group work atmosphere.
  • The student and his/her family must accept community based competitive employment and strive to overcome barriers to reach this goal.
  • Parent/Guardian must be willing to have their student in the community and experience an unconventional school day or year (e.g. part-time and/or non-school/work days).
  • Parent/Guardian must agree to assist their employed student with work related decisions, aspirations, travel and support.
  • Student/Parent or Guardian must agree to a plan for post school services and work with other agencies to facilitate a transition after high school.

If you are interested in enrolling in these services or to obtain more information please visit: Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, or contact the Program Director of Employment Support Services at Boost Collaborative: 509-332-6561.