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School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP)

                            School to Work Alliance Program


The School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) is a collaborative initiative between the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and Jeffco Public Schools, and is supported by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). 

What is the purpose of SWAP?

The purpose of SWAP is to assist young adults in making the transition from school to employment, provide successful outcomes, increase community linkages, and new patterns of service for young adults within all categories of disabilities. The program's goals include:

  • Building on current transition planning efforts;
  • Creating a career pathway through pre-employment transition services;
  • Filling the case management gap for the targeted population; and
  • Supporting collaboration between DVR and Jeffco Public Schools

SWAP is intended to provide employment-related assistance to young adults with disabilities, who are experiencing mild to moderate barriers to employment.  Disabilities can include but are not limited to physical, emotional, or learning disabilities. SWAP provides opportunities for young adults to practice and improve workplace skills, consider their career interests, and obtain real world work experience that will lead to competitive, integrated employment in today's high demand industries.

What services does SWAP offer?

SWAP services may include:

  • Pre-employment transition services
  • Career exploration
  • Career development
  • Employment-related instruction
  • Job development/placement
  • Case management
  • One year of follow-up
  • Year-round community-based service

Who is an appropriate participant for SWAP?

SWAP may provide services when appropriate to:

  • Potentially eligible, applicants of or eligible for DVR services, and
  • Young adults between the ages of 15-24, and
  • Have mild to moderate needs in employment, and
  • Typically living within the boundaries of Jeffco Public Schools
  • If currently in school: have an IEP or 504
  • If out of school: have some degree of difficulty finding meaningful employment


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