Welcome to the WorkAbility 1 Program!
WorkAbility1 (WA1) is a California Transition Program that provides high school students, 14‐22 years old, who are on a current IEP, with pre‐employment skills, paid placement/training opportunities, and student follow‐up. The mission of WA1 is to promote the involvement of key stakeholders including students, families, educators, employers, and other local agencies in planning and implementing an array of services that will culminate in successful student transition to employment, lifelong learning and quality of life.
Butte County SELPA's WorkAbility1 Program provides students and teachers with material for the following pre-employment skills training:
Vocational assessments & evaluation of students interest and/or abilities;
Career awareness/exploration activities;
Career preparation, job search and paid placement/training opportunities;
Work‐based learning follow along;
Follow‐up for 2 years after student leaves high school.
Paid Placements and Training Opportunities
Students age 16 and older are eligible for an individual placement provided they meet the below criteria:
- 16‐22 years old;
- Active IEP;
- 90% attendance
- Right to Work documents (photo ID and social security card)
- Transportation to get to and from training site.
Our job developers are always looking for prospective work sites for our students. Currently, we have students placed at a diverse group of job sites within Butte County, such as CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens, Grocery Outlet, Marshalls, TJMaxx, Little Red Hen, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Parks and Recreation Districts, hardware and feed suppliers, as well as numerous restaurants, gyms, and retail stores. If you are interested in becoming an employer sponsor, please contact our office at the number at the bottom of the page.
We have developed a WorkAbility1 Padlet with a lot of great information. We have useful links, as well as Workability1 documents, such as Employer site lists, SSI letter, transition handbook, and others.
WorkAbility1 also offers Special Projects. Special Projects are available, primarily, for students who are 14‐15 years old; however, students 16 and older who are not seeking an individual placement may participate.
*For more information please contact the SELPA WorkAbility1 Office at (530) 532-5922.