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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
Phone 504.556.7588

The LSUHSC Human Development Center (HDC) Pay Check pilot is a post-secondary transition program through a third party cooperative arrangement (TCPA) with Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS).  This innovative project is a collaborative effort between HDC, LRS, two public school systems, a public Charter school association, Delgado Community College and the University Medical Center - New Orleans.

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 PETS 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, however as with most services for students with disabilitlies; it is likely that some participants will require individualization - potentially resulting in longer time-frames to complet all components of the program. 

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: 12
School district or agency partner: Jefferson Parish Public School System, Orleans Parish Schools, Delgado Community College, Sci-Academy
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 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
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • behavioral health
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 60%
Retention rate: 100%
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
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
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
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%
Last updated: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 11:39