Unlocking Potential: The Journey Begins with Pre-ETS at BlackMuse

Welcome to a world where possibilities are endless, and every challenge is a stepping stone to success. At BlackMuse, we're dedicated to opening doors of opportunity for youth with disabilities through our comprehensive Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). We believe in the extraordinary potential of every individual and are committed to nurturing this potential into a thriving career path.

Pre-ETS is more than just a program; it's a journey towards empowerment, independence, and self-discovery. For young individuals navigating the complexities of the workforce, especially those with disabilities, the path to employment can be fraught with challenges. This is where Pre-ETS steps in - a beacon of guidance and support.

Our services are meticulously designed to provide a robust foundation in job exploration, a deep dive into work-based learning experiences, and a solid grounding in workplace readiness. But at the heart of it all lies the cornerstone of our program - self-advocacy training. We empower our participants to voice their needs, articulate their strengths, and navigate the workplace with confidence and clarity.

As you embark on this journey with us, you'll discover that Pre-ETS is more than just preparation for a job; it's about shaping a future where your abilities are recognized and celebrated. It's about building a career that aligns with your passions and aspirations. And most importantly, it's about taking control of your story and steering it towards success.

Join us at BlackMuse, where we transform potential into reality, one career dream at a time.

Job Exploration Counseling

  • Purpose: To assist students in understanding different career options and identifying career interests.
  • Activities: This can include career assessments, exploration of labor market trends, informational interviews with professionals, and discussions about various career paths.
  • Goal: To help students form a realistic understanding of potential job opportunities and the skills required for different careers.

Work-Based Learning Experiences

  • Purpose: To provide real-life work experiences where students can apply academic and vocational skills and develop new skills.
  • Activities: This includes internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing, and on-the-job trainings. These experiences can be paid or unpaid and are tailored to the student's interests and abilities.
  • Goal: To give students hands-on experience in a work setting, fostering skills like teamwork, communication, and work ethic.

Counseling on Opportunities for Post-Secondary Education

  • Purpose: To guide students in understanding the options for continuing education after high school.
  • Activities: This involves providing information on different types of post-secondary institutions (like colleges, universities, technical schools), admission processes, and financial aid options. It also includes assistance with application processes.
  • Goal: To help students make informed decisions about their educational future and understand how it aligns with their career goals.

Workplace Readiness Training

  • Purpose: To prepare students for the workplace through skill development.
  • Activities: Training often includes developing soft skills (like communication, problem-solving, and teamwork), understanding employer expectations, time management, and job search techniques (like resume writing and interview preparation).
  • Goal: To equip students with the necessary skills to successfully enter and navigate the workplace.

Instruction in Self-Advocacy

  • Purpose: To empower students to understand and effectively communicate their needs and rights in educational and employment settings.
  • Activities: This involves teaching students about their rights and responsibilities, how to seek accommodations, self-awareness (understanding their strengths and weaknesses), and how to communicate effectively.
  • Goal: To ensure students are able to advocate for themselves in post-secondary education and employment, fostering independence and self-confidence.

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Downloadable Guides

  • Pre-ETS Comprehensive Guide: A complete overview of Pre-ETS, explaining each service in detail.
  • Career Exploration Workbook: Interactive activities to help students identify their interests and potential career paths.
  • Work-Based Learning Handbook: Information on how to secure and maximize work-based learning experiences.
  • Post-Secondary Education Planning Guide: A guide to exploring and planning for post-secondary education, including financial aid.
  • Workplace Readiness Skills Checklist: A checklist to help students assess and develop essential workplace skills.
  • Self-Advocacy Toolkit: Tools and tips for developing self-advocacy skills in educational and employment settings.

Helpful Resources

  • Labor Market Information: Understand current job market trends and opportunities.
  • Interview and Resume Tips: Resources for building effective resumes and preparing for job interviews.
  • Disability Rights and Advocacy: Information about rights and advocacy groups for individuals with disabilities.
  • Educational Resources: Links to online platforms offering courses and skill development opportunities.

Contact Information for Local Pre-ETS Providers

  • Local Pre-ETS Provider Directory: A comprehensive list of local Pre-ETS providers with contact details.
  • State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies: Contact information for state agencies that can provide additional support.
  • Support Hotline: A dedicated line for questions and guidance related to Pre-ETS.
  • For general inquiries regarding DVR and Vocational Rehabilitation services, email them at DVRCSR@dshs.wa.gov
  • Please call the toll free at 800-637-5627.
  • To contact  via mail, the mailing address is P.O. Box 45340, Olympia, WA 98504-5340

Interactive Map

  • Find Services Near You: An interactive map where users can locate Pre-ETS services and providers in their area.

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