PATHFINDER SPRING

Orientation & Tour: 1/20/23
Workshops: 1/23 - 5/19/23

SPRING 2023
Workshops are held Monday - Thursday, with Friday support to finish projects, develop soft skills and more! Beacons will offer the following workshops this spring.

Monday - Thursday

9 am - 12 pm:

Creative Design Skills 1 

Creative Design Skills 2 (FULL)
 

1 - 4 pm:

Customer Service Skills 1 

Customer Service Skills 2 (FULL)
 

Fridays

10 - 2 pm: Team building, soft skills, speakers and individual skills enhancement
 

Important dates for Spring 2023:
Jan. 20 - Orientation for trainees and families.

Jan. 23 - Workshops begin

Feb. 20 - President's Day Holiday

March 31 - César Chávez State Holiday

May 19 - Last day of spring workshops
July 3 - Summer workshops begin

SDRC vendor number: PY1700, Code: 102, Subcode: SPR (Total hours: 240 - Approx. 16 - 17 weeks)

Please note that attendance is part of the entrance criteria and individuals absent for more than 5 days may be exited from the workshop.
 

News! 100% of the trainees from our Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 workshop who wanted employment found competitive integrated employment (CIE) within one month of the workshop ending. Great teamwork!

Creative Design Workshop
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Creative Design Posters
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Observation of skills in community settings
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Puzzles from concept to product!
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Creative Design Workshop
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Beautiful art makes for beautiful puzzles!
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An artist content with his final product!
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PathFinder Coffee Cart
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Puzzle Projects
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PathFinder Details

Persons who have classroom skills, an interest in employment, and who can

participate without disrupting the learning of others are encouraged to apply.

(SDRC vendor number: PY1700, Code: 102, Subcode: SPR)

1. FORMS REQUIRED:

 

2. STEPS NEEDED:

     a. SDRC paperwork must be submitted
Please request that your "IPP" (Individual Program Plan) and "CDER" (Client Development Evaluation Report) be sent to:
Pathfinder@BeaconsNorthCounty.com
Request the addition of the vocational workshop to the applicant's IPP, and that a "POS" (Purchase of Service) request be completed and submitted to fund the workshop.

 

Click here for a sample letter that you can view and copy. For individuals in the Self-Determination program, please discuss inclusion of this workshop with your independent facilitator and SDRC service coordinator.

     b. Screening/Intake Meeting: 
After the applicant's IPP and CDER have been received, our Pathfinder team will contact the applicant and/or her/his conservators to set up an intake meeting to make sure the workshop supports the applicant's IPP goals, the applicant meets the entrance criteria set forth in the application, and the applicant is interested in the employment goal of the workshop.

3. GENERAL INFORMATION


Workshop overview: All workshops are specifically designed with tools, best practices and pacing designed for individuals with developmental disabilities to optimize independent learning without the need for parental or instructional aid support at home or during our onsite workshops. Each workshop includes internet safety training, pre-and post assessments for each unit to measure progress, extra hours for additional instruction if needed or wanted to meet a level of proficiency, materials and/or licenses needed for the workshop, soft skills training, creation of person-centered plans for post-workshop transitioning, employment placement support, and more!
 

Ratios & Enrollment: Workshops require a minimum of 5 trainees to proceed. In the event the minimum enrollment for a workshop is not met, Beacons reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a workshop, or offer a different workshop altogether

 

Devices: If onsite, Trainees will be provided with a 15.6" yoga touchscreen Chromebook with a mouse accessory, but are welcome to bring their own device if they prefer. If a workshop is provided via zoom, Beacons has loaner devices for trainees who do not have devices available to use at home.

Materials: Each trainee will be provided with his/her own materials and sanitation kit for safe learning onsite. 

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Creative Design Studio

Creative Design 1: Trainees will learn how to use graphic design programs and tools to make marketing materials, books, puzzles, websites, social media graphics and more as they work with others to develop their technical and soft skills. Trainees will learn digital drawing, basic animation and more!  

Creative Design 2: CD 2 is more individualized to help trainees use creative design for self-employment and specific projects or product lines. Sample projects may include development of curriculum to teach, product development, and more! Applicants must have a business idea or plan they would like to develop. Successful completion of CD 1 is preferred, but not required.

 

Trainees in each workshop will also:
 

develop person-centered plans to help shape their futures,

work with templates to help them work with clients post-workshop, and

create websites for employment profiles to showcase earned digital badges and skill-specific certificates, and portfolios.

Pre & post assessments and progress monitoring for each unit are all included.

Post-Workshop Goal Pathway(s):
Post-workshop pathways will be driven by each participant's person-centered plan and may include further education, paid internships, job coaching, competitive integrated employment, and/or employment related volunteer opportunities. Ideally, the trainee will develop sufficient skills to make the trainee eligible for employment with the workshop client post-workshop.

Cost: For eligible SDRC consumers, the SDRC will fund one workshop per session. Trainees with achievement levels of 3 for the majority of the units are not eligible to repeat.

 

Customer Service Skills

Customer Service 1: Trainees interested in community employment will learn:

workplace and soft skills such as cashier skills, soft skills and other tasks used in settings that require a high level of customer interaction (such as retail stores, grocery stores, restaurants, hospitality, animal care and more!);

develop person-centered plans to help shape their futures,

create interview & workplace accommodation plans,

train for (and take) the San Diego County food handling test, and

create websites for employment profiles to showcase earned digital badges and skill-specific certificates.

 

Customer Service 2: Trainees with basic employment skills will further refine their skills through onsite and community workplace training arranged through Beacons workforce partnerships. Goal is to develop strong skills foundations and employer relationships so that trainees transition to competitive integrated employment (CIE), PIPs or volunteer worksite jobs upon conclusion of the workshop. (Note: 100% of our trainees from fall 2021 and spring 2022 sessions who wanted a job transitioned to competitive integrated employment).

Job searches and completion of applications, interview practice, direct engagement with local employers, unit pre & post assessments and progress monitoring are all included.

Post-Workshop Goal Pathway(s):
Post-workshop pathways will be driven by each participant's person-centered plan and may include further education, paid internships, job coaching, competitive integrated employment and/or employment related volunteer opportunities.  

Cost: For eligible SDRC consumers, the SDRC will fund one workshop per session. Trainees with achievement levels of 3 for the majority of the units are not eligible to repeat.