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Today’s job market is vast and accommodates people with a wide range of skills, interests, talents, goals, and abilities. A disability should not limit anyone’s career aspirations or job prospects.  Finding success and satisfaction at work is ultimately about identifying a student’s interests and strongest skills to find and obtain the right job.

Career Exploration


The permit will only be given to those at least 18 years old.  A minor service permit (18, 19, or 20 yrs old)  you may only serve, pour, and draw alcoholic beverages where alcohol service is secondary to food service. Fees are involved.

Students will learn the benefits of working and why getting a job will help you become more independent.

Point of View (POV) videos simulates community-based instruction for virtual and in-class learning.Teachers build lessons using these videos.

YouTube videos from GCFLearnFree.org about 60 different careers. The videos are  3 to 30 minutes long.

A summer job training experience for youth who live in Central Oregon.  

Opportunities are available with the US Forest Service for the next generation of conservation stewards to get outdoors, gain paid work experience, explore careers and more.

Instructions on how to volunteer with the Forest Service to answer the call of conservation.  Help improve forests, learn more about natural resources, and meet new people.

US Dept of Labor step-by-step plan for writing a resume.

Informational interview videos that  will help you in finding the right career fit.

Gain a firsthand account of the diverse career opportunities within the agricultural industry.

A journey in self-exploration for job seekers ready to take control of their employment search.

The purpose of Guided Group Discovery is to lay the foundation for competitive integrated employment as a Universal Design that can benefit all job seekers.

This workbook is designed to accompany you as you journey through the sessions of the LEAD Center Guided Group Discovery.

This user-friendly tool allows youth and adults to create a personalized Blueprint for Employment. Each participant receives a private link that allows them to add to, edit, or review their information at any time.  The purpose of Guided Group Discovery is to lay the foundation for competitive integrated employment (CIE) as a Universal Design that can benefit all job seekers.

Learning Activities to help you discover talents and jobs that may be a good fit for you!

The all-new STEM Careers CoalitionTM's mission is to empower educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom, foster equity and access to quality education, and build the next generation of solution-seekers at no-cost to schools.

A general reference source about the employment-related provisions of the SSDI and the SSI for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.

The Department of Labor seeks to promote positive and safe work experiences for young workers.

Social Security's Ticket to Work Program supports career development for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who want to work.



Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies with the American Red Cross lifeguard training

Online courses, by career, available through Zoom. Small fee: $30.00-free 

Available online and in person training for Babysitting and Child Care Training.  Assorted fees - $30.00 to $70.00

Available online and in person training for First Aid, CPR and AED.  Certificates are awarded.  Various fees

Certification online for food safety. $10.00 fee at testing. Recertification required every 3 years.

Certification online for hospitality services. $30.00 fee. Available in English and Spanish.

Interest Inventory


An interactive training that will help students discover jobs that may fit them, get work experience, uncover training options, and more.  This website also provides tools and resources for teachers to track and monitor a group of students.

Students rate their levels on key workplace skills.  The website then shows the student careers that match his/her ratings.

 By answering a few quick questions, students learn about careers that might be best for them.

This inventory allows the student to express what they like in the categories of interests, community access, work, and living.  Choices are given in word and pictorial forms. 

This inventory helps the student make career choices by choosing a picture that shows the task the student likes most.

Virtual Vocational Exploration


This activity mimics working at the grocery store to help students work on basic consumer money math, stocking, time management and other job skills before apply them in the community.  Requires registration and some fees.

A sign-up sheet for students.  Five on-line jobs are defined.

Free, customer service Training to support job attainment, career advancement, and personal development.

Work Evaluations


A student work experience self-evaluation which includes goals, strategies for improvement, and areas to improve.

A student work evaluation form to determine if the student is ready to do this kind of work for pay in the future. 

A performance evaluation form used by employers to determine if a student is work ready.