We assist students in transition from high school in seeking employment and maintaining integrated employment in competitive community settings. This includes providing individually tailored and preference-based job development, training, and support to recognize each person’s employability and potential contributions to the labor market. Headwaters is also a contracted vendor with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide a variety of services. Employment and training services include:

  • Student Work Based Learning and Placement
    • Job Development and Placement is the process of assisting individuals in finding a community-based job that matches their skills and interests. Activities included in this process may include: - Assessments to determine job readiness, job interests, and job skills. - Assistance with resume development. - Contacting employers regarding potential jobs. - Interview preparation and support. - Initial on-the-job training support when hired.
  • Job Coaching
    • This service includes supporting individuals at their place of work to be successful at their job, and to become increasingly independent in their job duties and integrated into their work setting.
  • Skills to Pay the Bills
    • "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to anyone with barriers to employment. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

Other Transition Services include:

Project Search

  • The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations.
  • This Project Search is located at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, and our other partners include area school districts, WI DVR (Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation), and long-term care funding agencies.

Jump! Start

  • An innovative approach to inclusive post-secondary education for transition students or lifelong learners. This includes academic, occupational, and special interest courses. Jump! Start is a partnership between Headwaters, Nicolet College, area school districts, and long-term care funding agencies.