Jamestown Public School was recently awarded a three-year, New York State Education CDOS (Career Development and Occupational Studies) grant in the amount of $789,951.
“We are very pleased to have been awarded the CDOS Grant,” said John Panebianco, JPS’ Director of Pupil Services. “The grant will help provide funding for the district to enhance our instructional programs to increase students with disabilities’ access to, and participation in, career and technical education (CTE) coursework, instruction in the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) learning standards, and work-based learning opportunities to fulfill requirements for the award of the NYS CDOS Commencement Credential.”
The CDOS Commencement Credential will recognize each individual student’s preparation and skills for post-school employment. The Credential indicates that the student has the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment. Where in the past, many students graduated with an individualized education program (IEP) diploma, this credential provides a more meaningful substitute for these students. For students with disabilities who are exiting with a regular high school diploma, it provides them with the additional opportunity to exit school with a credential that also recognizes the students’ work readiness skills.
There are multiple steps for students to earn NYS CDOS Commencement Credentials including: developing a career plan with strengths and weaknesses, stating career goals, completing at least 216 hours of CTE coursework with 54 of those hours in work-based learning experiences, and completing an employability profile that documents the student’s employability skills and experiences and academic achievements.
The grant provides funds for three years: $270,831 (Year 1), $259,560 (Year 2) and $259,560 (Year 3).