MU Hook Center for Educational Renewal now offers no cost pre-employment transition services provided to Missouri public school students with disabilities, ages 16-21, who are potentially eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. These services are designed to make an impactful difference for more students with disabilities at an earlier age which will lead to better coordination, enhanced communication, stronger collaboration, and increased successful post-school outcomes. If interested contact the Hook Center for a Pre-ETS Specialist in your area.

Examples of lessons and activities:

To learn more, contact Bob Simpson at simpsonra@missouri.edu or call 573-356-1682

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MU News Bureau news release

Statewide Job Shadowing Day

DESE Vocational Rehabilitation

Governor’s Council on Disabilities

Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT)

Missouri Disability Benefits 101

Skill Up Missouri

MU Hook Center Pre-ETS First in MO to Teach Transition Skills Using the NextUp Curriculum

When faced with customizing lessons for over 346 districts and 458 buildings, the Hook Center for Educational Renewal’s Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) has chosen to augment current tools with the NextUp Curriculum. Developing comprehensive transition material for so many classrooms and individuals is time consuming, and it is difficult to measure effectiveness. The NextUp program gives teachers innovative and customizable tools to enhance classroom-learning experiences, and help students achieve employment success.  It has reduced planning time and increased time in direct student instruction or creating work based learning experiences.  This unique curriculum is updated weekly, allows teachers access to supplemental materials and past lessons, and is accessible to students and families outside of the classroom.  It includes video lessons to build pre-employment, on-the-job and independent living skills, a method to track employment success and earn a place in the NextUp League, tips and information through social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and a certificate of NextUp program completion for employment portfolio or resume.  Click here for more information about the Next Up Curriculum