Pre-Employment Transition Services
Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) are provided to transitioning individuals who meet the definition of a “student with a disability.” The relevant age for the program is 14–22 years old. The five Pre-ETS categories are job exploration, work-based learning, work place readiness training, self-advocacy, and counseling on post-secondary opportunities. Goodwill North Central Texas provides a Pre-ETS curriculum containing one or more of the six Pre-ETS modules. For example, Explore the You in Work, Entering the World of Work, Soft Skills for Work Success, Disability Disclosure, Money Smart, and Job Search Training. The first semester of the program is the curriculum and the second semester is work experience. The Work Experience Services allow a customer to be placed at a business or agency within the community to learn skills for long-term, competitive, integrated employment. For more information on how to enroll your student in Pre-ETS, call 817-332-7866, or complete the form at the bottom of this page.
Camp Independence is a summer camp for transitional students, age 16-22, seeking educational and career assistance. In partnership with Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehab Services (TWSVRS), Goodwill hosts several two-week sessions of Camp Independence, each summer geared toward transitional students – individuals with disabilities transitioning from high school to post-secondary education or the workforce.
The program teaches young adults with disabilities about jobs, social skills, hygiene, phone etiquette, how to save and spend money, how to apply for a job, interviewing and networking skills in addition to post-secondary education opportunities, independent living skills, and self-advocacy instruction. In partnership with local business partners like Omni Fort Worth Hotel and others, campers will experience a real-world work environment with hands-on job shadowing experiences. For more information on how to enroll your student in Camp Independence, call 817-332-7866, or complete the form at the bottom of this page.
Summer Earn and Learn
In partnership with Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and in collaboration with Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County Summer Earn & Learn creates pathways to employment for students with disabilities.
Participants receive workplace readiness training to prepare for successful employment and paid work experience to help build skills and identify future career goals. Eligible students include those with an Individualized Education Plan or a 504 Plan. Students must be 16-22 years of age as of September 1. For more information contact the Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation counselor assigned to your school or Rosla Hocker at 817-436-4127.
**April 16, 2020 Update: Due to COVID-19 the Goodwill Empowerment Scholarship will not be awarded until further notice. Please check back for updates.
The Goodwill Industries Empowerment Scholarship awards a total of four individuals up to $1,300 per academic year ($650 per semester). Two scholarships are in the fall semester and two more in the spring semester. These scholarships are provided to assist academically deserving students who have a documented disability; however, students with demonstrated financial need are also be considered. All scholarships and other financial aid already awarded is taken into consideration when determining eligibility. Selections will also be based on a student’s overall academic progress, disability, financial need, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and participation in community activities. Students will be notified by e-mail or mail of any scholarship award or denial.
Students are welcome to reapply for a scholarship award for subsequent academic years. Additional consideration of the application will be given for academic progress. (Grades/progress reports should be submitted along with applications.) Please attach a separate sheet describing how the scholarship benefited you and why it should be renewed. Goodwill North Central Texas reserves the right to cancel any scholarship or aid awarded at any time if the applicant fails to meet the standards of academic progress, any other scholarship requirements, or falsifies information reported and may ask at any time for grades/progress reports from the student who was awarded a scholarship.
- Be enrolling as a first-time student in college or returning student with fewer than 90 commutative college credit hours attempted.
- Pursuing an Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree at an accredited college or university.
- Enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
- Have and maintain a satisfactory GPA (2.00-4.00).
- U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be a resident of Goodwill North Central Texas service area.
- Have a documented disability and/or demonstrate a financial need.
- Not be related to any of the Goodwill North Central Texas Board Members.
Complete and submit a Scholarship Application with the items listed below:
- An official college academic transcript from all colleges previously attended
- A one-page essay about yourself explaining your family background, personal interest, what you plan to study, and why you want to further your education
- Entering freshmen must submit a high school transcript
- For consideration as a disabled applicant, please provide proof of disability from a recognized state, federal, or medical/psychological authority
- A copy of your (or your family’s) previous year’s Federal Tax Return
Scholarship Application Deadline
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 the Goodwill Empowerment Scholarship will not be awarded until further notice.
Fall Semester – April 15
Spring Semester – October 15
To enroll in Pre-ETS or Camp Independence, please complete the form below:
*Contact your state TWS-VRS Counselor for a referral to either program. To access services or find out who your VR Counselor is contact: Call: 800-628-5115 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org