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WorkAbility 1

El Camino High School


WorkAbility is a comprehensive job training program for Special Education students. The program assists and supports students with disabilities in transitioning from school to work. Through support from the California Department of Education, students receive training, assessments, and work experience.


Students are able to gain valuable job skills and training in addition to building their self-esteem and providing them the tools and skills necessary for productive employment. WorkAbility 1 partners with many community based businesses, including retailers, beauty salons, and the local library to provide students with opportunities for work experience. We have partnered with such local businesses as:

  • Payless Shoes
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Fresh and Easy
  • Smart and Final
  • Petco

Not only do students learn valuable employment skills, they also have the opportunity to earn a training incentive stipend for their work. If applicable, students are paid through WorkAbility 1 funds. WorkAbility 1 jobs are divided into sessions, with each session consisting of approximately 7 weeks. Students are able to apply for one session at a time. While there may be opportunities for students to work more than one session, we can only offer one session per student, on a first-come, first-served basis.


If interested, please contact Kim Crone, Employment Training Specialist, at 760-901-8052 or kim.crone@oside.us. or Tracy Gibba, WorkAbility 1 East Coordinator, at 760-901-8127 or tracy.gibba@oside.us. We look forward to working with you!