Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Pre-ETS is a service provided to anyone ages 14-22 with a documented disability. The goal of this service is to prepare students for the transition from school to work.


Pre-ETS includes five foundational services:

  1. Job exploration counseling
  2. Work-based learning experiences
  3. Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in post-secondary education
  4. Work place readiness 
  5. Instruction in self advocacy 

Stand Up provides supports in work-based learning, instruction in work place readiness and in self advocacy.

How It Works

The Student Transition Employment Program (STEP) is a partnership between local city or county school districts,  the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and Stand Up, Inc.

The program is funded by DARS or the local school system and  is designed to aid participants in learning the necessary skills to become successful in a competitive workplace environment. STEP is conducted in a group setting, typically 5 students.

Work sites are developed by Stand Up, Inc. working with participating local businesses. Work sites are selected to provide transferable skills that will be beneficial in seeking employment after high school.

Some typical sites for workplace learning might include:

  • Grocery
  • Retail
  • Food Service
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    Grounds & Maintenance
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    Senior Care
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    Colleges & Universities

Through various classroom and hands-on learning experiences, the students will leave the program having learned valuable social skills, interpersonal communication skills, work ethics, safety training, and many other concepts related to the workforce.