The aim of training is to prepare the student for successful, self-supporting employment and independent living. Each student’s needs and abilities are unique. With that in mind, our staff creates a "person-centered" plan for each student.
The training program has three areas with classes or training activities within each. A student may not be offered training in every segment, class or activity. Each student's program is different. However, the individualized plan may be changed depending upon the student’s progress, goals and commitment and other factors. Any changes will be discussed and determined by the VR counselor, the CSC counselor and staff, and the student.
Job Readiness Classes and Independent Living Training
- Employability (job search methods and tools; job applications, resumes and interviewing technique; work habits; grooming; employer expectations; communication skills and other)
- Money Management (consumer math, banking and budgeting)
- Community Resources (government and non-profit services, information and communication tools, public transportation, housing and utilities)
- Self-Esteem (personality traits, skills and interests inventory, goal-setting, action plans, attitude adjustment, stress management, problem-solving)
On-Campus Job Sampling and On-the-Job Training Program
The Cave Spring Center has four areas of job sampling and training on campus:
- Horticulture/Greenhouse Operation
- Clerical Support
We provide the student the opportunity to work up to 20 hours a week in at least two of the four training areas on campus. The student will be expected to follow a work schedule, use the time clock, use breaks appropriately, follow instructions from the supervisor, and use the communication skills they learned in class to work with peers and supervisors.
The center has new, state-of-the-art commercial greenhouses containing over 4,000 sq. feet of space. Clients learn and do all aspects of maintaining a greenhouse: planting plugs into small pots, fertilizing and watering, transplanting the roots into larger pots, ordering new plants, vegetables and shrubs for all four seasons. We sell our plants to the public in Cave Spring and in the surrounding areas. Our wholesale business sells to local garden centers and florists. Clients are also given opportunities to assist with landscaping the grounds at the center.
Off-Campus Community Work Adjustment Training (CWAT)
This training enables the client to work off-campus in Cave Spring, Cedartown or Rome. Arrangements are made for the client to be paid by the employer with funds provided by the VR counselor. CSC staff provides the initial job coaching and support with the student for one or more days until the client has learned the work schedule, expectations of their employer and job responsibilities. CWAT gives students the opportunity to have real work experience for 30, 60 or 90 days.
Length of Program
Each student’s program is tailored to his or her needs, abilities and goals. The length of stay in the program depends on the specific services requested by the VR counselor and included in person-centered training plan; the student’s participation, motivation and progress in the program; and other factors. Also, VR counselors may add services as the student’s program progresses.