Transfers from one program area to another program area in Vocational Training Services are the exception and not the rule. The DRS counselor, WWRC counselor, instructor, other members of the team, and/or the Career and Workforce Division Director would allow a student to change program area after consideration of the request, under the following circumstances:
If a student loses interest and decides that he/she will not work and/or refuses to work in the training area, this is a reason for termination, not transfer.
Enrollment into a second training program is the exception, not the norm. While not encompassing all exceptions, examples are changes in the labor market, changes in a consumer's disability, implementation of a new training program, and conditions of re-entrance for those students dismissed for unsatisfactory progress. If a consumer is deemed appropriate by the rehabilitation team and/or pre-admission review process to enroll into a second vocational training program, and the consumer has successfully completed the first vocational training program, the consumer will be scheduled according to admissions availability. Additionally, enrollment into the second program needs to be in the same occupational family or career pathway.
The Vocational Training Department has a clear attendance policy that is uniformly applied across all training programs. The intent of this policy is to mirror employer expectations so that WWRC's training students will be able to learn and practice skills that will facilitate success in the workplace.
There are two (2) types of leave that can be accrued: Student Leave and Administrative Leave. Examples of each type of leave are documented in the table below.
|Incidents of illness where student is not placed on room restriction
|Disability-related appointments and rehabilitation-plan related appointments
|Personal business, vacations, long weekends
|Leave for periods that the student is required to be away from the center including team or Conduct Review Board suspensions
|Non-disability related appointments. A maximum of 2 hours leave will be charged for non-disability related medical or business appointments off Center grounds
|Inclement weather for day students not able to travel safely to WWRC
|Students placed on room restriction. Room restriction an example of administrative leave where the student remains on campus
Students are permitted to take leave for illness, personal business, vacations and non-disability related appointments within the guidelines of the 5% rule. Students who miss more than 5% of their time in attendance within a given program of training will not complete their programs with a Certificate of Completion (diploma). Students will not receive or accrue leave during assessment. The instructor will maintain a “leave hours” record for each student. Students are encouraged to maintain a leave balance for emergencies. Students will not be permitted to share or donate leave.
Expectations for Student Leave include:
Administrative Leave Usage is applied as follows:
While it is the goal of Vocational Training Services to provide students with every opportunity to succeed, enrollment in Vocational Training is strictly voluntary. In the event clients choose to terminate their training programs, they may be eligible to receive a Summary of Skills, if they have satisfactorily completed at least 80% of their training program.
Students who receive a Summary of Skills and complete satisfactory employment for 90 days in a directly related field within one year may be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion in the training program in which they received the Summary of Skills.
It is the policy of the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) to bill identified funding sources after provision of services to consumers. There is no advance payment of tuition, fees, or other institutional charges for a quarter, semester, or other designated time period. WWRC’s Administrative Governance Manual (AGM) includes the policy and related procedural guidelines that apply in the unusual circumstance that:
All students enrolled in WWRC vocational training programs must meet attendance requirements and demonstrate satisfactory academic progress to continue their program of studies and be eligible to graduate. WWRC’s Vocational Training Program Satisfactory Academic Progress policy describes the operational framework under which academic progress is measured and evaluated.
WWRC is committed to providing students with a supportive and caring living and learning environment. As part of this commitment, WWRC acknowledges that students have the right to voice grievances and to appeal decisions. Therefore, WWRC has established a Student Grievance and Appeals Management System to ensure that grievances and appeals are administered and managed in a way that dually respond to regulatory and accreditation body requirements while responding to students in a fair, impartial, respectful, and timely manner through consistently applied business processes, standards, and expectations.
Student grievances, also known as complaints, may be made if a student is dissatisfied with the behavior or actions of the institution or its representatives. A Grievance is differentiated from an Appeal in that an appeal is an action to request that the institution reconsider an official decision with which the student disagrees.
If a student uses the WWRC institutional appeals process and disagrees with the final decision, s/he has the right to request an IAR, hearing, or mediation. The IAR, hearing or mediation request must be made within 60 calendar days of the WWRC decision. The consumer may also contact the Client Assistance Program (CAP) advocates and attorneys for information about consumer rights and assistance in resolving issues, and may apply for CAP representation during an appeal. CAP services are available at no cost to VR consumers (per 2001 Federal Regulation 34 CFR § 361.57) through the disAbility Law Center of Virginia.
For more information, students should contact their assigned Rehabilitation Counselor. WWRC consumers fully enrolled in a vocational training program who are otherwise unable to resolve a complaint at the institutional level, have the right, under COE policies and standards, to contact the Council on Occupational Education, an independent postsecondary accreditation body.
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