School to Work Alliance Program
The School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) is a collaboration initiative between the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and local school districts/ Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), and is supported by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).
SWAP provides case management and direct services to young adults with disabilities who:
- Are potentially eligible, applicants of or are eligible to receive DVR services (meeting disability documentation requirements and able to benefit from the program)
- Have mild to moderate needs in employment
- Need support in developing vocational awareness, career exploration, and experiencing career and employment opportunities to become competitively employed and to achieve successful outcomes
The purpose of SWAP is to assist young adults in making the transition from school to employment, provide successful employment outcomes, increase community linkages, and new patterns of service for young adults within all categories of disabilities.
The programs’ goals include:
- Building on current transition planning efforts
- Creating a career pathway through pre-employment transition services
- Filling the case management gap for the targeted population
- Supporting collaboration between DVR and local school districts/BOCES