LDI believes in matching students interests and passions with abilities, aptitudes and the work environment they are considering. They will develop the decision-making skills needed to make “smart choices” in the pursuit of a career direction. Students will develop a plan that takes them through self-discovery. This approach builds on the results of identified personal values, vocational assessment and labor market data. Career development and strategic decision-making concepts/processes are introduced to students as they begin to take initial or intermediate steps towards the identification and pursuit of personal/professional standing in the adult world.
A career plan is completed that challenges the student to discuss how well their values, interests, aptitudes and abilities fit into the desired work environment. There is specific attention given to helping the student to acknowledge the social expectations of adult workplace settings, as well as recognizing and developing alternatives in case the primary career goal is unattainable. Extensive fieldwork requires the student to complete a sequence of vocationally-related activities with local employers and other postsecondary options to determine the next steps. This provides the student a forum that identifies how the selected career path is a good fit based on individual qualifications and workplace setting expectations. Students are then expected to execute their plan through enrollment into pre-screened postsecondary educational programs in collegiate, technical and vocational settings of full-time employment.
Volunteerism and service learning is big at LDI. Program staff encourage students to develop their community awareness and participate in the LDI leadership program by becoming a volunteer in the local LDI community. A few examples of these activities have seen students reading to underprivileged kids, packing supplies for countries suffering extreme poverty or drought, and working in a food supply warehouse. The students really get a lot of personal satisfaction out of acting as volunteers as they can see first hand the difference they are making and come to appreciate the ability to be a part of the community.
By virtue of service learning, students also obtain basic job skills which form the foundation of any career. While enrolled in the program, students are expected to make themselves marketable by obtaining these skills through an internship or volunteer position within the community. The amount of hours per week in which a student works is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Job Development & Placement
Students seeking compensated employment and service learning opportunities work closely with the job development and placement department. Using the career plan, staff and student work collaboratively to identify opportunities that cater to each students unique talents, strengths, passions and interests. To ensure success during the interview process, the JDP department will conduct a series of interviewing preparation techniques including doing mock interviews so that students are prepared for the actual interview. As part of the services we also aid students in selecting proper attire for an interview based on the position in which they are applying for.
Students utilize these services to set up college and company tours as well as job shadows during the career exploration process. As part of the services, the JDP Department will set up mock interviews for the students with potential employers whereby the students receive written and oral feedback on their interviewing skills. Once students are employed Job Placement Services monitors their progress by doing monthly job tracking, and job coaching if the student needs further assistance with their job.
Placement into local college programs leading to completion of degree requirements or ability to matriculate to a four year college or university. Successful graduation enables students to enter the workforce in their major area, or pursue advanced degrees for their professional specialty.
Students pursuing a college emphasis while attending LDI have both credit and non-credit college-level courses available to them through numerous local community college and university offerings. An individual attending LDI and in this option is interested in completing associate degree requirements, developing academic competency to the level of college proficiency, and/or matriculating four-year colleges or universities. All college courses offered on the LDI campus or in the community are fully approved and accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Higher Education.
LDI and its advisors can help students select their classes and use local community college or university staff resources to determine (based on the student’s focus/degree goals) what classes s/he needs to take. The local community college counseling/advisement center along with their disability services department and LDI have good working relationships.
On-campus and on-going academic assistance is scheduled on a one-on-one basis or in small group tutorials. Mentoring support is provided throughout the student’s on and off-campus program period. Each student has an individual accommodation plan developed and given to the office of disability services staff at the college campus where courses are being taken. In addition, all students taking college courses have an assigned mentor who interfaces with off-campus college personnel, and to make certain that reasonable classroom accommodations are implemented.
Students who decide that they want and need advanced training that is directly related to a career goal have nearly 400 career college options to choose from in the metropolitan Phoenix area. The Vocational Path emphasizes choosing an institution that offers occupation/career-specific education and training with community-based trade or vocational programs, technical schools and businesses. Students attending this type of program will receive intensive, industry-specific proficiency-based, professional postsecondary training and instruction that culminates into a specialization diploma or certification.
LDI staff helps students interested in this option to make informed decisions about the profession of which they choose to pursue, select the right kind of program and make certain that specific accommodations are in place. Most often, students attend these programs during their second year and beyond. Because of the scheduling structure inherent in a career college, it also allows the student to hold down part-time employment. LDI staff track and monitor progress as well as provide support and advisement for all contracted students during their program of instruction.
A common service characteristic of career college programs is that they have active links with area employers with whom the institutional staff arrange externships, part- time employment, or other work-related experience during their course of study. A successful graduate should expect competitive employment opportunities to be arranged by the career services department of the institution. LDI can act as a backup entity to facilitate job placement efforts as needed or requested.
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