Programs

  • Reading/Writing and Math Skills
  • Communication including American Sign Language (ASL) Skills
  • College and Employment Preparation
  • Citizenship
  • Computer Skills
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Field Trips and Workshops

Language, Employment, Assessment & Development (LEAD)

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PERSON 1: What is LEAD? LEAD stands for Language, Employment, Assessment, and Development. LEAD is one of two training programs offered by the DCS Adult Literacy Department. The instructors call the students “trainees.” The trainees will learn a variety of topics: literacy skills, American Sign Language (ASL), college and employment preparations, life skills, citizenship, and driving education. Also, we provide different field trips and workshops. We assess and enroll trainees in four levels: preliterate, beginning, intermediate and advanced, depending on the results of their initial assessment. Can you explain about this training program?

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PERSON 2: (picture in the picture: large black text: “L”) L is Language. The instructors teach literacy skills which include reading, writing, math, and ASL. Trainees must develop this foundation to communicate in ASL and writing. Imagine, how can we communicate by phone or email? Language is a powerful tool to use.

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PERSON 1: Yes, I agree with you that language is important for all of us to communicate with individuals in a variety of settings.

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PERSON 2: (picture in the picture: large black text: “E”) E is Employment. The instructors cover employability topics. For example, how can you apply for jobs? Of course, you will need a resume, a cover letter, and references. Also, the trainees will learn how to answer the interview questions, make calls, understand W-2 or W-4 forms, and find out what companies offer. In addition, we offer information and resources about U.S. citizenship. Now, what about the A?

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PERSON 1: (picture in the picture: large black text: “A”) A is Assessment. It means a trainee takes the assessment test and based on the results, we will enroll the trainee at the right level.

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PERSON 2: Lastly, can you explain the D?

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PERSON 1: (picture in the picture: large black text: “D”) A is Development. It assesses a trainee’s progress, including areas of improvement. Ultimately, trainees will make their own choices to attend college or seek employment. The instructors will help you go through the transition process at the end of this training program.

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PERSON 2: Got it! This is what LEAD training program offers. If you want to learn more about how to contact the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), we can provide you with the resources. The vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselor will send you some paperwork to sign, then your counselor will make a referral to our services. We can arrange appointments for placement tests. Both Person 1 and 2 hands wave

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