Our goal is for all students with disabilities to leave high school prepared for DC’s 3Cs
There is a huge employment and education gap for people with disabilities. We believe it is never too early to start exploring the world of work. Students need various ways to explore life after high school. For some students, this means exploring a career, for others it may mean pursuing a training program or college.
DC3C is here to assist students as they figure out:“What’s next?”
Programs to help prepare students for life post high-school we provide the following activities for students:
- Next Steps is a vocational training and community resource fair. Students have the opportunity to meet with education representatives from local training facilities and attend workshops such as financial literacy.
- Spring Break is a week-long job-readiness training program for high school students. Click here to see the news coverage from Spring Break 2017
- Internships are work-based learning activities that are currently being developed to support youth as the enter the employment world.
Rebecca Foster, Director of Secondary Transition
Rebecca joined the Co-op in August of 2015. In her work, she actively supports DC charter schools in developing and delivering high quality secondary transition services to students with disabilities in grades 8-12. Rebecca founded “DC3C Exploring Career, College and Community”, the Co-op’s first Secondary Transition Program. She has worked to develop innovative student programming such as the Spring Break Program which addresses job-readiness skills, and Next Steps, an event where teachers and students explore post-secondary vocational education programs in DC. In addition to designing and managing student programming, Rebecca also supports schools in increasing Transition compliance and linkages with outside agencies for student success post high school (e.g. RSA or DDA).
Before joining the Co-op, Rebecca taught for 8 years in DC Public and DC Public Charter schools where she served in many capacities: a lead English teacher in co-taught classes, a special education teacher in English and World History classes, a special education case manager, and a remedial class teacher. A highlight of her teaching time was spent developing a “certificate” course of study for high school students with disabilities that were not able to earn a diploma. It was then that Rebecca found her love of transition!
Originally from Ohio, Rebecca holds a BA from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in English and Sociology an MAT in Secondary English from American University, and an Ed.D in Special Education from George Washington University with research on culturally linguistically diverse families and their students.