Victory Ridge Academy’s Transition Program provides students in grades 10-12 the opportunity to learn independent life and career skills through classroom instruction, hands-on activities, and partnering with local businesses to learn employability skills.
Students with special needs are in critical need of job training. In order to provide this training, Victory Ridge partners with the Florida Vocational Rehabilitation Program to teach students Work-Based Learning Experience (WBLE).
Vocational Rehabilitation is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities prepare for, find, or keep a job. Vocational Rehabilitation is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.
On the Job Training/Work-Based Learning Experience
On-the-Job Training and Work-Based Learning Experience is an opportunity for students with disabilities to engage in work-experience while receiving various degrees of services and supports by a district employee during the school day.
At Victory Ridge Academy, we have four Employee Specialists (ES) who provide the following services to our students:
- Career/Interest Assessments
- Worksite Analysis
- Worksite Development
- Employer Assistance
- Learning & Preparation Activities
- Worksite Selection
- Hands-On Learning
- Ongoing Supports
VRA’s Work-Based Learning Experience Business Partners
- Bok Tower Gardens
- Hamptons Inn at Lake Wales
- Dundee Care Center
- Lake Wales Care Center
- Lake Wales Care Center Bike Center
- Lake Wales Care Center Book Warehouse
In addition to Transitional Services, Victory Ridge Academy offers students who have deferred their diploma, a one-time entrance into VRA’s Project SEARCH partnership. Project SEARCH is an international transition program designed specifically for students with disabilities.
Through Project SEARCH, students from Victory Ridge Academy intern within different departments of AdventHealth at Lake Wales, including food service, hospital patient care, facilities and human resources.