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Work Discovery

Contact:  Mary Petrina, Job Coach Mentor at
or Lyn Marchwinski, Job Coach Mentor at
The WIU Work Discover program is designed to help students between the ages of 16 and 21 with a current IEP explore and experience working in a community setting under the supervision of a Job Coach.  Small groups of students, along with a trained Job Coach, attend 34 community sites, located across Westmoreland County.  These community partners allow the students to learn and practice marketable job skills, along with the social skills and professionalism needed to acquire and maintain employment after graduation.
Students usually attend the program one to five days a week for either a half or full-day, throughout the school year.  Evaluation of the student's job performance, professionalism, and social skills is completed on a daily basis and reviewed with the student.  It is also shared with student's teacher.
Program Goals
  • To assess the physical and mental requirements for work readiness in a community setting
  • To offer training on specific job tasks
  • To experience the work environment directly with supported instruction
  • To broaden the knowledge and skills of students for increased vocational independence
Referral Process
Students must be 16 years of age on or before the student enters the Work Discovery program.  Click here for the referral form and return the completed form to the Job Coach Mentors.