Work Experience Overview
For more than 55 years, Goodwill Omaha’s Work Experience program has offered students with disabilities who are nearing the completion of school opportunities to gain exposure to work situations in supportive, positive environments.
During the program, students experience many work areas, including clerical, custodial, production, and retail. Students are paid for their time in this program, and we do our best to accommodate existing school schedules. In their job assignments, students perform the same duties that would be expected of permanent employees, under the guidance of an on-site supervisor and the direction of a trainer. Goodwill Work Experience trainers tailor each job to the specific abilities of the individual student and account for any special needs.
Our Work Experience trainers assign participants jobs at various Work Experience sites. Our trainers work with the students’ parents/guardians and referral sources to provide progress reports throughout the year. During quarterly staffing meetings, Goodwill Omaha’s Work Experience team reviews the activities students have participated in, addresses areas of growth and improvement, and discusses and assesses students’ work goals.