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Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

The following five activities must be made available to students with disabilities 9th grade through age 21 based on individual need:

  • Job exploration counseling;
  • Work-based learning experiences, which may include in-school or after school opportunities, or experience outside the traditional school setting (including internships), that is provided in an integrated environment in the community to the maximum extent possible (although grant funds can NOT be used to fund student wages);
  • Workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living; and
  • Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs at institutions of higher education;
  • Instruction in self-advocacy (including instruction in person-centered planning), which may include peer mentoring (including peer mentoring from individuals with disabilities working in competitive integrated employment.

Through these services, this project will demonstrate effective intra-agency collaborations and local partnerships which improve the outcomes of youth who are potentially eligible for VR services. This project will also identify best practices, co-enrollment strategies with the Minnesota Youth Program (MYP), and success stories that will be shared across states and local workforce system providers and other youth-serving agencies across the country.


DEED's Office of Youth Development is partnering with DEED's Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) on a pilot project to provide Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to youth who are eligible for VRS. This collaboration is required under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title IV, Subtitle B, Section 422, and encouraged by the Department of Labor in Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 8-15.

View the 2016 Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Pilot Project Memorandum of Understanding with pilot planning instructions.

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