CDOS Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning is an important aspect of all students’ educational experiences, which provides our students with the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to succeed in a highly competitive workforce. By extending the classroom experience to involve our community, we give our students opportunities to connect academics to real work experiences.

  • Fosters community knowledge and involvement
  • Promotes good citizenship
  • Reinforces universal work values
  • Connects business models to educational systems
  • Provides mutually beneficial mentoring opportunities
  • Enhance workforce diversity
  • Strengthen relationships between school and community
  • Help future workers develop a clear understanding of workplace expectations
  • Build a potential pool of skilled and motivated workers
  • Learn entry-level, work-readiness skills and perform authentic tasks
  • Connect classroom learning to workplace experiences, making academics more relevant
  • Learn to navigate workplace systems
  • Increase knowledge of post-secondary career paths and options
  • Make community connections

In September 2015, TST BOCES was awarded a three-year Program Development Grant to Prepare Students with Disabilities to Exit School with Work Readiness Skills, commonly called the CDOS Grant. The purpose of the grant was to increase students with disabilities’ access to and participation in career and technical education (CTE) coursework, instruction in the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) learning standards and work–based learning opportunities to fulfill requirements for the award of the New York State CDOS Commencement Credential.

Funds from the CDOS grant were used to develop this website, which contains information and resources for parents, teachers and students. For more information about the grant or the resources found on this page, contact Debbie Demers, Work-Based Learning Coordinator.

Work Readiness Curricula

These curricula were developed to be used with high school students with disabilities who attend TST BOCES and participate in one of the many work-based learning programs we offer.  By targeting the often overlooked but highly important soft skills, we intend to better prepare our students for the world of work by providing the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to succeed in a highly competitive workforce.

Each lesson is presented in a standard format with supporting activities, worksheets, and information included in the lesson packet.  The activities are also located in a separate folder titled “Activities” for easy referral if needed. Both curricula will be expanding as new lessons are added each year.

Work Readiness I (Job Lab) – is a pre-employment skills class featuring topics such as communication, attitude & effort, professionalism, career awareness/development and job safety.
Work Readiness II (Turning Point) – is a career development and preparation class for students who will soon be looking for a job.


Debbie Demers
Work-Based Learning Coordinator 
607-257-1551, ext. 5022