EMPOWERMENT ACADEMY, INC.
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is overseen by the Florida Department of Education. The VR Career Camp (VRCC), is designed to provide specialized, unique Pre-Employment Training Services to students with disabilities who are eligible or potentially eligible to receive Vocational Rehabilitation services. Students attending sessions will receive tailored Pre-ETS learning experiences in a group setting, using approved curriculum that may include any combination of the following services:
Workplace Readiness Training: Soft-skills training, employability skills training, social/interpersonal skills (i.e. communication, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, empathy, professionalism, etc.), and independent living skills training related to employment (i.e. good hygiene, money management, time management, using technology and assistive technology, appropriate dress, appropriate behavior, etc.).
Self-Advocacy Training (SA): This may include, but is not limited to, instruction in self-awareness, disability disclosure, requesting accommodations, understanding rights and responsibilities, and self-determination.
Work-Based Learning Experiences: This may include job shadowing, informational interviews, industry tours, and business field trips.
Postsecondary Educational Counseling: Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in postsecondary educational programs or comprehensive transition programs and identifying financial aid options.
Job Exploration Counseling: Instruction on the benefits of competitive integrated employment and employment options at every level of education available in the local labor market. This may include, but is not limited to, reviewing interest and ability surveys, reviewing career websites, instruction on career choices, or other similar activities.
EA will provide virtual VRCC services statewide to eligible students.
Sonia Roberts, Executive Director of Empowerment Academy, Inc
Phone Number: 904‐962-2826
EA is fulfilling its mission to improve education outcomes of youths through a partnership with the Florida Department of Education's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The partnership agreement allows EA to provide Pre-Employment Training and Postsecondary Educational Counseling to local students with disabilities aged 14-21. Students can attend a public, charter, or private school. To be eligible, students must have an active IEP or 504 plan.