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Postsecondary Apprenticeship for Youth (PAY Check) to Employment

Postsecondary Apprenticeship for Youth (PAY Check) to Employment
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Postsecondary Apprenticeship for Youth (PAY Check) to Employment
411 S. Prieur Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Program Contact Sue Killam, M.Ed., CESP, CWIC
Phone 504.556.7588

The LSUHSC Human Development Center (HDC) Pay Check pilot is a post-secondary transition program previously through a third party cooperative arrangement (TCPA) with Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) and now being conducted as a vendor with the state vr agency.  This innovative project is a collaborative effort between HDC, LRS, two public school systems, a public Charter school association, Delgado Community College, the University Medical Center - New Orleans and some emerging large employers in the greater metropolitan New Orleans area.

Pay Check prepares students with disabilities, who are eligible for VR services, in an Order of Selection category currently being served by LRS age 18-22 years to support their acquisition and use of Pre-Employment Transition Skills (Pre-ETS).  Pay Check provides participants training and opportunities to practice using Pre-ETS competently using a variey of strategies and components such as: work-based learning experiences, which include experiences outside the traditional school setting. 

Pay Check training takes place at Delgado Community College, a variety of Apprenticeship sites located witin the University Medical Cener - New Orleans and a number of other community settings.  Pay Check is designed to be a 3-semester program and participants will receive individualization through STAR planning to complete the identified services and components of the program (Pre-ETs, WBLE apprenticeships, Work Readiness, Job Readiness and Placement).. 

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 15
Description of our summer transition program: the summer is a continuation of the student's program depending on when they started in the Pay Check program.
School district or agency partner: Jefferson Parish Public School System, Orleans Parish Schools, Delgado Community College, Sci-Academy
Deadline to apply to this program: throughout the year
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-22
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
Accepts out-of-state students: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • behavioral health
Program length: 1 year
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 60%
Retention rate: 83%
Cost of the program: 5000 for tuition books and supplies
Additional costs: $5,000.00
per student fee charged to the student's high school
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between half the time and 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Post Secondary Education and Employment Completion Certificate
The credential(s) is/are: Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 75%
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

student clubs and social groups

Last updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 16:35