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Workabilty Brochure


A Vocational Training Program
for Students Who Receive
Special Education Services

Del Norte County High School
1301 El Dorado Street - Room E-1
Crescent City, CA  95531

(707) 464-0297 or (707) 464-0281

Program Staff
Gordon Pfeffer - Director
Janet Bigham - Job Placement Specialist
Lori Daniels - Job Placement Specialist
Sally Durham - Job Placement Specialist

WorkAbility Program is Administered by
Del Norte County Unified School District
in Ccooperation with
California Department of Education

“The WorkAbility Program was reintroduced to my Pizza Hut in the fall of 2004, shortly after I became the manager. The coaches have trained the students at our restaurant exceptionally well. In fact, many have been hired and have worked a year or longer after their program hours were done. I find this partnership rewarding in that I receive quality employees while helping the young people develop life skills of teamwork and communication. I’m proud to have the WorkAbility program as a business partner.”

Jon Richards—Manager
Crescent City Pizza Hut

WorkAbility. . . 

What is it?

WorkAbility I promotes and provides comprehensive pre-employment, employment, worksite training, and follow-up services for qualified students who are making the transition from school to work.

WorkAbility I supports students in public and private schools (ages 16-22) that have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or qualify for Special Education services.

WorkAbility I provides identified students the opportunity to complete high school while obtaining marketable job skills. 

Del Norte County Unified School District Provides. . .
  • Evaluation of student’s interests & abilities 
  • Training wage and benefits for most students 
  • Job seeking and job keeping skills 
  • On-site training and supervision as needed 
  • Employers receive… 
  • Workers whose skills and interests are assessed and matched to employer’s needs 
  • Pre-screened applicants for training/employment positions 
  • Workers who are dependable 
  • Follow-up and intervention services 
  • Possible targeted Job Tax Credits 

Special Thanks to these business for their participation and support:

101 Auto Supply 
Addie Meedom House 
Aunt Julie’s Dog Grooming 
BC Lake Earl Market 
Beauty Secrets 
Bess Maxwell Elementary ASP & Class Aide 
CC Convalescent Nursing and Rehabilitation 
CC Diner and Ice Cream 
CC Hay and Feed
Chamber of Commerce 
Chart Room Restaurant 
Crescent Elk School / Custodial 
Custom Dezign Graphics 
Del Norte Economic Development Depart 
Del Norte Office Supply 
Del Norte County Recreation Dept. 
Del Norte County Road Dept. 
Del Norte Schools Warehouse 
DNCUSD—Technology Dept. 
DNHS Custodial & Kitchen 
Dollar Tree 
Elk Valley Head Start 
First Transit 
Fisherman’s Restaurant 
Four Paws Pet Hospital 
Grocery Outlet 
Howard’s Auto Body 
Jack in the Box 
Java Hut 
Joe Hamilton Afterschool Program 
Kite’s Bikes 
Marty’s Auto Repair 
Mary Peacock School Office and Classroom 
Mountain School 
Northwood’s Restaurant 
Papa Murphy’s Take –N-Bake 
Pine Grove Afterschool Program / Custodial 
Pizza Hut 
Pregnancy Care Center 
Ray’s Food Place Crescent City / Smith River 
Red Rover Kennels 
Redwood School Office / Custodial 
Remax Coastal Redwoods Real Estate 
Renner Patriot 
Shop Smart 
Smith River Afterschool Program 
The Photique 
Walgreens Your Salon