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Chapter 6: Training Programs

6.1. Purpose

CCRC is a residential and comprehensive vocational rehabilitation training facility operated by the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Division for Blind Services (DBS). This policy establishes guidelines for employment lifestyle training, consumer food service job training, and mini trainings.

6.2 Employment Lifestyle Training

6.2.1 Definitions

Career Focus Training Program—a training program that is designed to refine the students’ skills necessary to achieve academic and career goals.

Confidence Building Training Program—a seven-week, nonvisual training program that includes basic blindness skills and community experiential activities to increase student confidence.

Proficiency Training Program—a training program in which the student chooses classes from a variety of options to develop specific skill sets.

6.2.2 Policy

DARS provides the following training programs for students through CCRC:

The overall goal of the three CCRC training programs is to provide students who are blind or visually impaired with the opportunity to learn alternative skills to seek employment; attend a college, university, or trade school; and live independently in the community. A prospective student may apply through Admissions to receive training services in one or more of these programs.

The field VR counselor includes the CCRC training, transportation, and maintenance on the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). See VR Manual, Chapter 11: Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center. A student who successfully completes the program receives a completion on his or her training plan. If the student is dismissed before completing the program, he or she receives an incomplete on the training plan. See Chapter 3: Incidents, Safety, and Dismissal, 3.6 Dismissal.

6.2.3 Responsibilities

Instructors

Instructors must

Counseling Staff Members

Counseling staff members must

6.2.4 Procedures

The following linked documents are contained in the CCRC Procedures and address procedures and responsibilities found in this manual chapter.

For information on the BET program within DARS, see DBS VR Manual, Chapter 8: Business Enterprises of Texas.

For information on the planning process for student training, see Career Center Services.

For the website with information about the training programs at CCRC, see CCRC Redesigned Student Training Program.

6.3 Student Food Service Job Training

6.3.1 Definitions

Grand Finale Meal (GFM)—a meal preparation training activity in which a student coordinates with the Food Service Department staff to plan and prepare a meal for students.

Grand Finale Meal (GFM) Interview Guidelines—instructions for interviewing the student to determine the date, time, menu, and recipes to be used in preparing the Grand Finale Meal.

On-the-Job Training—a training program designed to prepare students for employment in the food service industry.

6.3.2 Policy

The Food Service instructors are required to design and implement a positive learning environment for each student in the Food Service Job Training program. Food Service staff members ensure that each student follows the Health and Food Safety Regulations and other cafeteria procedures while in the Food Service Job Training program.

Food Service staff members ensure that while participating in Food Service Job Training, the student wears

6.3.3 Responsibilities

Food Service Supervisor

The Food Service supervisor must

Food Service Staff Members

Food Service staff members must

Center Leadership Team

The CLT must

6.3.4 Procedures

The following linked documents are contained in the CCRC Procedures and address procedures and responsibilities found in this manual chapter.

For information on scheduling an interview for the GFM and evaluation, see Student Training and Grand Finale Meal.

For information on handling food and sanitizing hands and equipment during food service training in the cafeteria, see Health and Food Safety Regulations.

For information on skills taught and student expectations during food service training, see On-the-Job Training in Food Service.

For expectations during the GFM scheduling, menu planning, and training, see GFM Interview Guidelines.

6.4 Mini Trainings

6.4.1 Policy

DARS schedules mini trainings in the various regions throughout the state. The CCRC Outreach team works with field staff members to deliver the mini trainings, which last for up to one week, as requested by field staff members. The mini trainings address daily living skills, adjustment to blindness, and employment skills and may include the following:

6.4.2 Responsibilities

Outreach Staff Members

Outreach staff members must

Field VR Staff Members

Field VR staff members must

6.4.3 Procedures

Staff members use the following procedure to schedule, plan, and provide regional mini trainings for students:

  1. DBS field staff members work with Outreach staff members to plan and schedule training.
  2. DBS field staff members evaluate the needs of the prospective students.
  3. Students are enrolled in mini trainings as the classes are scheduled.
  4. DBS field staff members work with the CCRC Outreach staff members to conduct mini trainings.

For more information about procedures and responsibilities found in this section, see the CCRC Procedures, CCRC Outreach Services.