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.
Michael Shipp, Workforce Development Coordinator
Michael joined the Co-op in February of 2018. In his role, Michael assists with building Secondary Transition services and supports for DC charter schools, facilitating the delivery of Pre-ETS to students with disabilities. Michael is also responsible for the development of business partnerships for student internships and/or providing vocational instruction to prepare students for employment.
Prior to joining the Co-op, Michael spent eight years in the U.S. Navy and three years as a contractor with various federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services, and three years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. At Bank of America, Michael was also the founder and President of the Military Support and Assistance Group for the state of New Jersey, an employee network that is dedicated to supporting the efforts to attract, integrate, retain and develop military veterans and help maximize veteran contributions that compliment Bank of America’s growth objectives. Outside of work, Michael served as the Community Outreach Director for Team Red, White and Blue Philadelphia (2016), was a member of the Urban League of Philadelphia and serves as a “Big Brother” in Philadelphia, PA (2016). Michael currently serves on the Board of District Triathlon as the Director of Programs, and is a Thursday Network, Greater Washington Urban League – Young Professionals.
Originally from Philadelphia, Michael holds a AA from Community College of Philadelphia in Business Management and is currently completing his BA at University of District of Columbia.