Employment & Training Program (TET) Frequently Asked Questions
I participate in the TET program can I pick my own job?
the introductory classroom component students identify areas
of vocational interest. Whenever possible, TET counselors
match student interests to available jobs. Students may choose
between a subsidized work experience where the student works
during school hours and is paid by the program or obtaining
a competitive job in the community the employer determines
the work schedule and compensates the student directly.
only 14; Can I still be in the TET program?
TET program is open to students who are enrolled at Second
Start and receive Special Education services. Any student
who can sustain his school performance and control his own
behavior is eligible for the work components of the TET program.
Job sites for younger students are more limited because of
child labor laws that regulate the types of work younger students
are permitted to do. Most 14-year-old students begin in the
Choices class, the prevocational portion of the TET program.
In the Choices class students focus on both social and vocational
skills that prepare them for a successful first work experience.
I already have a job why would I need TET?
addition to gaining work experience TET students earn credit
towards graduation in two ways. In weekly classroom sessions
students are given instruction in personal finance management,
economics, government, and citizenship. Additional job skills
related to gaining promotions, employer/employee relations,
and job related problem-solving skills. Students earn academic
credit for both the classroom component and the work experience,
as long as they work more than 12 hours per week.
TET have any specific vocational training classes like plumbing
TET program does not offer training in specific industries.
The program focus is on interpersonal skills and productive
work behaviors that are necessary in any field of labor. TET
staff does provide linking services for students who wish
to pursue training after high school. TET staff regularly
works with the vocational programs in the student's sending
school district and develops transition plans for students
who wish to participate in those vocational programs. TET
staff also works closely with Vocational Rehabilitation by
making referrals and coordinating the services offered by
VR as the student nears the end of his or her high school