Employment Network

Member Spotlight: LaNae Jabas

By: Employment Network
Posted in: Member Spotlight

This month, we're shining the Member Spotlight on LaNae Jabas. As a regional coordinator for the Wisconsin Transition Improvement Grant, she has a wealth of knowledge about everything related to transition.  She works closely with community-based integrated employment and has lots of great resources to share.  We are so fortunate to have her as a part of the Employment Network. 

What kind of work do you do?  Where do you work at?

I am the Central Regional Coordinator for the Wisconsin Transition Improvement Grant (TIG), whose mission is to provide professional development to educators, youth, families and transition partners to ensure every child graduates, college and career ready!   I serve districts in the CESA 5 & 6 area.  My office is located at CESA 5 in Portage, WI.

Tell us some good news: what’s the most exciting thing happening for you or for people with disabilities who want to work?

Community-Based Integrated Employment (CBIE) Stipend Project:

An exciting opportunity offered through the TIG grant to eligible Wisconsin schools is the Community-Based Integrated Employment Stipend.  The project aligns with agenda 2017’s “Every Child a graduate, college and career ready,” specific to students with disabilities (SwD) and is part of a broader state effort to improve WI Post-School Outcomes results for students with disabilities.  Through CBIE work in my region, several opportunities are being created and implemented to prepare students for future employment.  These activities include:

  • Project Discovery: Education Associates, Inc., developer and publisher of Project Discovery, has teamed with Dr. Amy Spriggs, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Kentucky, to develop an EXCITING Project Discovery package for students with ASD and moderate/severe disabilities.  We are excited to announce that we are ready for the beta testing stage of this package which will occur during the Fall 2015 semester and finish during Jan/Feb. 2016.  Education Associates, Inc. will be beta testing with select school districts across the U.S.  
  • Articulated Courses/Dual Credit (Fox Valley Tech. College): The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) will be offering the Accuplacer Assessment, a required entrance assessment students must take to enroll into any technical college program. The assessment will be used to help OASD identify students eligible for Introduction to College Reading and College Success; two Articulated/Dual Credit courses being offered in fall 2016. These course will assist students with pursuing their career area of interest through providing a smooth transition into their program of study at the Fox Valley Technical College.
  • Oshkosh Corporation recently began a partnership with North High School; special education team Jill Williams, Kyle Quednow, the technology Instructors and Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce; educational supports, Patti Andresen-Shew, to increase awareness about the growing need for manufacturing careers in the Fox Cities. Members from Oshkosh Corporation’s engineering human resources, and marketing teams were present to kick off the event and work side by side with Oshkosh North juniors and seniors to create a product following the Project G.R.I.L.L. curriculum. Oshkosh Corporation has hired North high school’s “Spartan Manufacturing Company” to design and produce a grill. Along with the production of the grill comes hands-on career exploration education and activities in marketing, finance, and design to help produce and sell the 2015-2016 grill design.

  • Project SEARCH, an international trademarked and copyrighted program model, which is funded through a collaborative effort is another great opportunity being offered in the area. This unique, business-led, school-to-work High School Transition Program is for youth ages 18-21 with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who desire to achieve competitive employment. Students attend the program for a full school year in the host business/hospital. The business provides access to an on-site classroom that can accommodate up to 12 students.  The site is staffed by a special education teacher and one to three job coaches to meet the educational  and training needs of the students. In Fall 2016, a site will open in Oshkosh,WI at Mercy Medical Center.  In addition, two new Wisconsin sites opened this fall:  Sauk Prairie Healthcare in Prairie du Sac and the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. 

What employment tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to work? 

The TIG website is full of created materials, online learning modules and  high quality transition resources and services.  Visit our website at  www.witig.org and sign up for a FREE account today!

What message would you like to share with the members of the Employment Network?

Students who had a job at the time of high school exit were  5.1 times more likely to be engaged in post-school employment according to the National Predictors Post School Success.

What’s your dream vacation?

I’d love to spend a month touring Greece!

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

I’m definitely a dog person.  I own two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Maddy seven-year-old Blenheim and three-year-old ruby named Scooter.

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