Creating Pathways to Employment for Students with Disabilities

The Summer Earn & Learn program provides students with disabilities ages 14-22 with work readiness training and paid work experience. Summer Earn & Learn is a statewide strategy that includes employability skills training and paid work experience for students with disabilities. 

Employer Partnership Opportunity

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas  partnered with the Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Services to place 217 students in 2018. If your business is interested in providing a paid summer work experience job for students during our 2019 program, please complete the Employer Interest Form.

  • Wages and Workers' Compensation Insurance are covered
  • Candidates are observant, interested and eager to work
  • Reasonable accommodations required by the student are provided
  • Participating employers will receive an orientation prior to placement

For more information, contact Bonnie Arrington at (903) 454-9350, Ext. 3603.

Student Participation

Last year, more than 1,500 students statewide (161 within WSNCT service area) participated in Summer Earn & Learn and worked in positions as design graphics assistants, customer service representatives, peer counselors and others. 

Are you looking for. .
Workplace readiness training to prepare you for successful employment?
Paid work experience to help you build your skills and identify future career goals?

To participate in the 2019 Summer Earn & Learn Program, eligible students include those with an individualized Education Plan or a 504 Plan. Student must be 14-22 years of age and must be less than 22 years of age as of September 1, 2018.

For additional information, contact the Texas Workforce Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor assigned to your school or call Rosla Hocker at (817) 436-4127.


Congratulations to Chick-fil-A in Allen, Texas for winning the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities Lex Frieden Medium Employer Award.  This honorary award recognizes employers in Texas who have fostered a diverse and accessible workplace and who have developed innovative ways to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace.

Niel Brown and Laura Castillo operate two multi-million dollar Chick-fil-A stores in North Texas. Together, they have created “Launching Leaders,” a vision and values course that focuses on employee growth. Person-centered planning is the watchword for Laura and Niel – if someone seeks a position with their company and has a strong desire to work, they will surround them with the support they need to be successful.