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School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP)

  • SWAP is a rehabilitation program developed in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Education and implemented at the local level between Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offices and Estes Park School District R-3. 

    SWAP provides a new pattern of services for youth with disabilities with a focus promoting an Employment First approach. SWAP acts as a bridge between the Education and DVR systems enhancing transition service while supporting individuals in obtaining career entry-level positions that advances movement towards self-sufficiency.

    Our goals are:

    • To inspire, support and promote youth empowerment through employment.
    • To expand employment opportunities for youth through vocational guidance, counseling, and job readiness skills.
    • To provide access to life skills, education, job training and opportunities critical to success.
    • To work in conjunction with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to produce independence and self-confidence in clients within their community.
    • To engage local employers in a partnership that supports a successful ‘school-to-work’ transition.
    • SWAP Participants' Job Titles include: Mechanic, Housekeeping, Stocking, Courtesy Clerk, Wait Staff, Linesman, Child Care Assistant, Climbing Assistant, Cook.

    School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP): 

     Candidates for SWAP are those who are:

    1. Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) to Students with Disabilities

      • Between the ages of 15-21 enrolled in secondary education with an Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan.

    1. Services to Youth with a Disability
      • Between the ages of 15-24 who may be in or out of secondary education

    1. In conjunction with the following…
      • Have mild to moderate barriers to employment.
      • Are under or unemployed.
      • Are motivated for competitive employment.
      • Maintain a positive work attitude.
      • Are available for work.

    Partner With Us:

    The SWAP Program seeks to formalize relationships between schools and businesses/organizations to bring resources together to support educational success in our schools.

    Our mission is:

    • To mobilize and channel resources into the school system, based on targeted strategic goals.
    • To engage stakeholders by serving as the vehicle to foster a greater understanding of the school system and its programs.
    • To provide role models for students.
    • To enhance communication between the district and the community.
    • To promote a positive environment for education and business.

     Business partners include:

    • YMCA of the Rockies
    • Safeway
    • Estes Park Mountain Shop
    • Poppy's Pizza and Grill
    • Stanley Village
    • Estes Park Medical Center
    • Estes Park Downtown Shops
    • and your business!