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Pre-ETS contractor overview

The Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) contract is a partnership between Local Education Agencies and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). Pre-ETS prepares students with disabilities for employment or career-related postsecondary education or training. Pre-ETS brings year-round, coordinated transition services to students across the state of Oregon.

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Pre-ETS contract changes ahead

Youth Services Community of Practice (CoP)

Statewide CoP for Pre-ETS

The CoP will resume on Monday, April 8, 2024.

  • Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month from 2:00–3:00 p.m.
  • There will not be a meeting held during July and August
  • Join Session on Microsoft Teams. No registration is required.

2024 upcoming training

This is an opportunity for transition specialists, administrators, business office representatives and VR staff who serve youth to learn together about the upcoming process for the delivery of pre-ETS.

These trainings are offered both in-person and virtually. Please attend the all-day session connected to your VR office.

  • May 20, 2024 - Pre-ETS Contract Fiscal Virtual Training Session
    This session is for School District Administrators and Business Office Personnel only. Please get the link from your Youth Services Coordinator.
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Pre-ETS intake binder

​Welcome to the YTP Youth Transition Program! YTP is a collaborative program between Vocational Rehabilitation (VR),​ local school districts and Education Service Districts. The purpose of the program is to prepare high school youth who experience disabilities for employment and/or post-secondary training.

In this binder, you will find some helpful tools and materials that you will need to have completed before you, the Transition Specialist, bring a student to VR for an intake. You and your VRC should be on the same page about the students who will be on your shared caseload. Please communicate with your VRC at all times so that you and your student are ready for the intake process.  

It is a good idea to make copies of these documents for your VRC, the student and yourself.

Each Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) may add but not subtract any of the documents In the Referral and Application section.

For VR to provide substantial services, each student will need to have an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).  For the VR plan to be written, students need to identify an employment goal.  Discuss student vocational themes with your VRC to ensure the employment goal can be supported by VR.

  • Interests:  Why did the student choose this employment goal?
  • Priorities:  What are the student’s concerns about working?
  • Resources/Supports:  What resources or support systems does the student have that will help them obtain employment?
  • Strengths/Abilities/Capabilities/Transferable Skills:  What skills does this student bring to this vocational goal?  What are they good at and enjoy?

The student should have the opportunity to practice informed choice throughout the VR process!

Remember, the student needs to be an active participant in this process. It is encouraged that students include a self-reflection when appropriate. 

Note: Some PDF forms listed below may not open correctly in web browsers and require the use of Adobe Reader or similar software. If you get an error message, ​​you must download the document and open it in Adobe Reader.  ​ Get Adobe Reader

This section of the student portfolio is where we keep a collection of evidence about the student's ability, need, and readiness to work. We ask that as teams are developing, the Transition Specialist and student choose and complete at least five of the activities from the Service Ideas List as a starting point to share with the VRC.

Because VR is required to do monthly reporting on each consumer it is important that you send your VRC, at the very least, a monthly update on each of the students you have been working with in preparation for employment. Ideally, this meeting would be in person and the time used to go over your current YTP caseload and potential YTP students.​

Remember, the transition specialist will be working with many more students than just the student base, providing Pre-ETS and screening for readiness to work. When students have shown they are ready to work in a variety of ways, yet still present barriers to employment that require services, it is a good time to bring them on to the YTP caseload. Especially when you are a new team, it is important to clarify processes, expectations, evidence needed and readiness for work.

These are student-level, sample forms from Portland Public Schools which are included in that district's version of an unpaid internship packet. You will need to use your own school district's forms, but these are provided as a sample if you are starting from scratch. 

If your student has completed an unpaid, learning-based internship or work experience prior to VR application (which is strongly encouraged), it is important to review the process, progress and outcome with your VRC in determining readiness for paid employment.

Vocational Rehabilitation Process Map (checklist)

The VR Process Map describes the progression VR clients go through from their application for services to their intended success in the workplace.

Past events

View recordings and materials from Community of Practice, Fall Regional and Summer Academy events. Use the search and filter options to find specific materials or events. If you use a filter, be sure to click "add filter."