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Summer Earn & Learn Program

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 348 students in 2019. (Due to COVID-19, the program did not take place in 2020.) Employers were key to SEAL’s success; a total of 99 local employers participated in the program, providing 191 worksites, and 20 students were offered continued full-time employment with various employers throughout the board area.

If your business is interested in providing a paid summer work experience job for students during our 2021 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 Denisha Sturdivant at (817) 608-2326.

Student Participation

To date, more than 5,000 students statewide (769 within the WSNCT service area) have 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 2021 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, 2020.

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

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