The WorkAbility III Program assists students with disabilities with career exploration, vocational counseling, and employment preparation.
WorkAbility III (WA III) is collaboration between the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and Los Rios Community College District, providing career guidance and employment preparation for students with disabilities. WAIII strives to build a robust workforce in the Sacramento region by empowering individuals with disabilities to develop their skills and thrive in the workplace.
To be eligible for the program, you must be a student with a disability at a Los Rios Community College (Sacramento City College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, or American River College) and a consumer of the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). If you are not already a consumer of the DOR, we can help get you connected!
WorkAbility III services include:
- Job-Seeking Skills class
- One-on-one career counseling
- Connecting to paid and unpaid internships
- Job retention services
WorkAbility III offers a Job Seeking Skills (JSS) class specifically focused to serve students with disabilities who are transitioning from college to work. Topics covered include:
- Clarifying your career goals
- Non-traditional job-seeking strategies
- Disability issues, accommodations planning
- Employment Portfolio (applications, resumes, cover letters, references)
- Interview Preparation
- Career growth issues
Completion of the JSS class or workshop enables a student to work one-on-one with a job developer, providing support in order to successfully get and keep a job.
Other WorkAbility Services
Career and Disability Counseling
What’s the right job for me? How can I access my career and accommodate my disability? How will returning to work impact my government benefits? These are important topics that affect our career decisions. Career and disability counseling is available as you navigate the important decisions along your career development.
Career-Related Educational Planning
It’s important to choose an educational goal that helps you move closer to your ideal career. Taking specific classes can also make you more marketable in your field. We can help you identify classes that will allow you to reach your job goal.
Having work experience in the field you are looking to enter give you a leg up on the competition. We can connect you to paid and unpaid internships that can help build your resume.
Job Placement Services
Once you have successfully completed the Job-Seeking Skills class or workshop, you can work one-on-one with our WorkAbility III Job Developer to make the transition into work. The role of the Job Developer is to help each student use the career development tools learned in the JSS class, while attaining the highest level of independence. Job placement services may include:
- Assistance setting up information interviews, job shadowing and internship opportunities with employers;
- Assistance in developing an Employment Portfolio, which includes a master application, resume, cover letter, reference list and letters of recommendation;
- Job interview preparation; and
- Support and encouragement throughout the entire job-seeking process.
California Department of Rehabilitation
The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) is a state agency that helps individuals with disabilities go to work. Some of the services that the DOR provides may include:
- Assistance with selecting a career goal.
- Support for training at a college or other training center.
- Job placement assistance.
Laguna Creek Branch (South Sac/Elk Grove)
8701 Center Parkway, Suite 100, Sacramento
Orientations every Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.
Capitol Mall Branch (Central Sacramento)
721 Capitol Mall, Suite 110, Sacramento
Orientations every Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.
Northeast Branch (Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Folsom)
7840 Madison Avenue, Suite 160, Fair Oaks
Orientations every Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
Woodland Branch (Davis, W Sac, Woodland)
1100 Main Street, Suite 340, Woodland
Orientations every 2nd and 4th Wed at 10:00
11641 Blocker Drive, Suite #125, Auburn
Orientations by appointment, 530-823-4040
1166 Broadway, Suite S, Placerville
Orientations by appointment, 530-626-0900
151 North Sunrise Ave, Suite 601, Roseville
Orientations every 1st and 3rd Friday, 9:00