SUMMER EARN AND LEARN (SEAL)
Creating pathways to employment for students with disabilities
The Summer Earn and Learn (SEAL) program provides students with disabilities, aged 14 – 22, with work readiness training and paid work experience. SEAL is a statewide strategy that includes employability skills training and paid work experience for students with disabilities receiving services from Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWC-VR).
Throughout the program, students will receive work readiness training and be connected with area employers where they have the opportunity for hands-on work experience for up to five weeks. The students learn about the employer’s industry while also gaining workplace skills and knowledge that will help prepare them for a successful transition into postsecondary education and employment. Upon completion of the program, some students are even presented with the opportunity to continue working full-time.
In 2022, approximately 70 students referred from TWC-VR were placed in over 30 different worksites in the South Plains region, some of whom were offered permanent positions after the program had concluded.
“Summer Earn and Learn provides students with disabilities the opportunity to learn and take on responsibilities associated with careers they might choose for their future,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “This program helps students return to school with positive work experiences, meaningful skill sets, and confidence that they can pursue their career goals.”
The SEAL program is a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Workforce Solutions South Plains (WSSP), and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VR).
Are you looking for….
- Workplace readiness training to prepare you for successful employment?
- Paid work experience to help you build your skills and identify future career goals?
For additional information, contact the Texas Workforce Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor assigned to your school or use the VR Office Locator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employer Partnership Opportunity
Employers who have participated in SEAL express positive experiences and appreciate the fresh perspective from working with students with disabilities and for whom this is their first ever work experience. For the students, SEAL offers an opportunity to experience the day-to-day responsibilities associated with careers they might choose for their future.
Offered to employers at no additional cost:
- Employees for short-term summer projects (approximately 5-8 weeks)
- Wages paid directly to participants
- Reasonable accommodations provided to eligible student participants
- Additional job coaching as needed
- Site visits to monitor participants and ensure your satisfaction.
Your business can make a positive impact and be an employer that equips and empowers inclusivity.
If your business is interested in participating as a work site, please complete the Employer Interest Form.