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Abstract Details for Vermont’s Linking Learning to Careers Demonstration: Final Implementation Evaluation Report

The Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration to conduct a demonstration project for students with disabilities that involved evidence-based work-based learning experiences (WBLEs). The resulting project, Linking Learning to Careers (LLC), consisted of services designed to improve the college and career readiness of high school students with disabilities by enhancing and customizing the education and employment services that DVR usually offers to students. LLC aimed to provide a more individualized and targeted approach to helping students gain confidence and strategically plan for their futures. This implementation report describes the DVR’s experience implementing LLC and presents findings on LLC participants’ service use within the first 18 months of their enrollment in the program. The report also summarizes findings on participants’ satisfaction with selected LLC service components, differences in service use across DVR district offices, and lessons learned from the implementation.