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Work Vocational Education

For many students, being able to successfully hold a job is a dream. At VATC we share that dream and support students in learning all of the social, economic and behavioral aspects of work. We recognize that just being able to do a task - stocking shelves, for instance - is only a small part of work. Being able to follow directions, get along with clients and coworkers, punctuality, maintaining time sheets, and dressing appropriately all play into whether a student maintains a job.

Our students are currently working in many environments, including small and large businesses, for profit and non-profit. Some are volunteering, others are earning subsidized pay through our involvement with WorkAbility 1 (through California Department of Education) and We Can Work (through Department of Rehabilitation) grants, while still others are employed outright. All of these opportunities provide vital experiences for long-term success in future work/career choices.

In addition to the real-world work experiences, students can learn vocational skills in the VATC office laboratory and our work study laboratory, where direct instruction in retail work and clerical studies are provided.