FALL PATHFINDER WORKSHOPS

August 23 - December 17, 2021

Our new director • Tyler Hershey
Our new director • Tyler Hershey

Join us this fall for fun and learning! Pathfinder vocational workshops!

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Customer Service Workshop
Customer Service Workshop

Learning skills for local retailers!

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Creative Design
Creative Design

Taking ideas to product!

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Our new director • Tyler Hershey
Our new director • Tyler Hershey

Join us this fall for fun and learning! Pathfinder vocational workshops!

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GENERAL INFORMATION
Registration opens June 30, 2021

In the spring and fall, PathFinder offers hands-on vocational training workshops to help our trainees explore common workforce tasks and build skills aligned with local jobs to bridge gaps to employment. Our workshops are outcome driven, progress monitored and supported by evidence-based instructional practices, adapted pacing and assistive technology. Click here to go to application process.

Our 4 month workshops include soft skills for employment, person-driven planning, digital badges and skills certificates, and opportunities for community connections and engagement. When possible, simulated work environments onsite help our trainees learn skills to make great first impressions, become dedicated employees and learn skills to meaningfully contribute to the workforce. Eligible for funding by the SDRC.

Virtual or Onsite?  Two workshops are expected to be onsite, and one via zoom. If onsite, all trainees will have their own materials and individualized workspaces. If taught via Zoom, all trainees will have take-home kits with all materials needed for the workshop session. Our workshops will be held Monday - Friday for approximately 2.5 - 3 hours a day.

Person-Driven Planning Each workshop session includes a robust person-driven planning unit that explores community options, self-advocacy and post-workshop transition planning. The trainee will then present the plan to the trainee's "circle of trust" to set up supports and identify services begin the trainee's journey after completion of the workshop.

 

Ratio:  Our workshops have a maximum of 10 trainees with 3 instructors, and must have a minimum of 5 enrolled to proceed. Our virtual workshops are expected to have ratios of no more than 6:2 (instead of our regular 10:3), due to the challenges of virtual learning and to make sure trainees are sufficiently supported during the remote learning process. Beacons reserves the right to cancel a workshop in the event there are less than 5 trainees enrolled.

 

Entrance Criteria: Workshops are designed for those with mild/moderate disabilities aged 18+ who want to further their vocational training to improve employment options, and who can attend and follow directions without maladaptive behaviors or the need for medical support. Please review our application for more details on our entrance criteria. 

Payment: Beacons workshops can be fully funded through the San Diego Regional Center for eligible consumers (e.g. consumers who have exited their school districts by aging out or earning a diploma and who have employment IPP goals). For ATP students, please see information below. Vendor Code #PY1700, Code: 102, Subcode: Fall

*Our PathFinder workshops were made possible in part through funding from the National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR), grant funding from the Qualcomm Foundation and vendorization by the San Diego Regional Center. Beacons thanks these organizations for their vision and support.

Application process: 

Session: Fall • August 23 - December 17, 2021

1. Please complete our forms:


a) Application: Link to Fall 2021 application
b)
Consent to Communicate FormLink

c) General Waiver: Link

d) Covid-19 Release & Assumption of Risk: Link (for those training onsite)
 

2. SDRC Consumers:

Please contact your service coordinator to discuss your interest in the workshop and the possibility of getting a "purchase of service" to fund the workshop. If one of these workshops support the IPP goals or and IPP addendum, the SDRC should send the following documents to email: Pathfinder@BeaconsNorthCounty.com.
 

a) a "purchase of service" or POS;

b) IPP and any addendums; and

c) the individual's "CDER."
 

3. Conserved Individuals: 

If an individual is conserved, please email a copy of the Letters of Conservatorship so that Beacons can document the legal status of the participant in case there is an emergency or need for legally binding decisions.

 

After these items have been submitted or received, a Beacons representative will contact you to set up an intake or screening meeting to review the application, admission criteria and materials.

 
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FALL WORKSHOPS

Have questions? PathFinder@BeaconsNorthCounty.com

 
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CREATIVE DESIGN SKILLS - Level 1
Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon, or 1 - 3:30 pm
Onsite or Zoom, depending on sign-up preferences

(Additional hours as needed)

Trainees interested in creative design will learn how to use graphic design programs and tools to make digital art, marketing materials, books, puzzles, websites, social media graphics and more as they work with others to develop their technical and soft skills. This project-based workshop will help trainees learn skills to work with real clients to possibly develop post-workshop employment opportunities

 

Trainees will also:
 

develop person-centered plans to help shape their futures,

work with templates to help them work with clients post-workshop, and

create websites for employment profiles to showcase earned digital badges and skill-specific certificates, and portfolios.

Pre & post assessments and progress monitoring for each unit are all included.

Post-Workshop Goal Pathway(s):
Post-workshop pathways will be driven by each participant's person-centered plan and may include further education, paid internships, job coaching, competitive integrated employment, and/or employment related volunteer opportunities. Ideally, the trainee will develop sufficient skills to make the trainee eligible for employment with the workshop client post-workshop.

Cost: For eligible SDRC consumers, the SDRC will fund one workshop per session. Trainees with achievement levels of 3 for the majority of the units are not eligible to repeat.

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Images: Sample digital badge for the workshop and examples of books created by trainees. The Beacons Creative Design Workshop (Level 1) includes the creation of books, puzzles and more!

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CREATIVE DESIGN SKILLS - Level 2
Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon, or 1 - 3:30 pm
(Onsite • additional hours as needed)

 

Trainees who have taken the Beacons Creative Design Workshop 1 (or who have a creative background) and want to take their creative skills to the next level will work with graphic design programs and tools to create products for clients, for sale, teaching or for their own use. This project-driven workshop will focus on development of a graphic design business as well as on creative development and program mastery. Program licenses are included for use during the workshop.

 

Trainees will also:
 

• develop person-centered plans to help shape their futures,

• work with templates to help them work with clients post-workshop, and

• create websites for employment profiles to showcase earned digital badges and skill-specific certificates, and portfolios.

Pre & post assessments and progress monitoring for each unit are all included.

Post-Workshop Goal Pathway(s):
Post-workshop pathways will be driven by each participant's person-centered plan and may include further education, paid internships, job coaching, competitive integrated employment, and/or employment related volunteer opportunities. Ideally, the trainee will develop sufficient skills to make the trainee eligible for employment with the workshop client post-workshop.

Cost: For eligible SDRC consumers, the SDRC will fund one workshop per session. Trainees with achievement levels of 3 for the majority of the units are not eligible to repeat.

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CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS

Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon, or 1 - 3:30 pm
(Onsite • Additional hours as needed)
 

Trainees interested in community employment will learn:

workplace and soft skills such as cashier skills, soft skills and other tasks used in settings that require a high level of customer interaction (such as retail stores, grocery stores, restaurants, hospitality, animal care and more!);

develop person-centered plans to help shape their futures,

create interview & workplace accommodation plans,

train for (and take) the San Diego County food handling test, and

create websites for employment profiles to showcase earned digital badges and skill-specific certificates.

Job searches and completion of applications, 
interview practice, direct engagement with local employers, unit pre & post assessments and progress monitoring are all included.

Post-Workshop Goal Pathway(s):
Post-workshop pathways will be driven by each participant's person-centered plan and may include further education, paid internships, job coaching, competitive integrated employment and/or employment related volunteer opportunities.  

Cost: For eligible SDRC consumers, the SDRC will fund one workshop per session. Trainees with achievement levels of 3 for the majority of the units are not eligible to repeat.

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Are ATP students eligible?

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Under § 4648.55 of the Lanterman Act, the SDRC cannot pay for services for individuals aged 18 to 22 years if that consumer is still eligible for special education through a school district. Only if the IPP team agrees that the "consumer's needs cannot be met in the educational system" or grants an exemption under subsection (d) may the SDRC purchase vocational education services. However, payment for a workshop can be done through a school district if the IEP team agrees that a workshop is needed to help a student meet his/her ITP transition goals related to securing competitive integrated employment or a paid internship. (Payment per a settlement agreement may also be an option). Click here for more information.

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

Questions? Email:
Pathfinder

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TYLER HERSHEY
Director of PathFinder

& Lead Instructor

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Tyler has spent the last decade using his personal and career experiences to support and empower individuals with various disabilities. Tyler served as an assistant coach for the Independent division of the San Diego Miracle League and volunteer for Shooting Stars basketball, founded Project Puzzle (an Autism awareness club) and was awarded the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education "Excellence in Supporting Students with Disabilities."

While pursuing his Psychology degree at San Diego State University, Tyler was an advocate for students with varying disabilities and planned school wide inclusive events as the Program Coordinator for Student Disability Services. While at SDSU, he also founded the Delta Alpha Phi international honor society.

After graduating from SDSU, Tyler relocated to Hawaii to continue his work with neurodiverse individuals in the school setting. After working in the district setting for 2 years, Tyler returned to San Diego to follow his passion and to work as an instructor with Beacons, Inc.

Tyler has been a valued member of the Beacons Pathfinder team since summer of 2020 when he started as an associate instructor for the Beacons summer vocational exploration workshops. He now serves as the Director of PathFinder and as an instructor for our vocational training workshops with a proven record of successfully working with those Beacon serves. This past fall, Tyler teamed with instructor Seton Conley to teach our 16-week Customer Service Skills and Entrepreneurial Skills workshops. 

 

Tyler's experience, high energy, positive attitude and patience helps optimize each individual's growth during the Beacons vocational workshops. 

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COURTNEY SMITH

Lead Instructor

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Beginning in high school, Courtney sought out opportunities to meet and serve individuals with various disabilities, volunteering for A Night to Remember Prom and adopting a role as a Peer Mentor in Cathedral Catholic High School's Options Program. Courtney was so inspired by the individuals she had built relationships with in this field that she decided to continue her studies in Applied Psychology and Human Development at Boston College.

While at Boston College, Courtney was a Teacher's Assistant at the Campus School, which serves students aged 3 - 21 with low incidence diagnoses and provides a wide range of personalized educational and therapeutic services. Courtney was placed in a middle school classroom, supporting six students educationally, medically and emotionally. Outside of the classroom, Courtney found ways to volunteer for various organizations such as the Women's Center and the Center for Student Formation. 
 

Most recently, Courtney was working as a Behavioral Support Professional at an Enhanced Behavioral Support Home implementing interventions and skill building activities for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Courtney has served as an Associate Instructor and Program Developer, and currently serves as a lead instructor for the PathFinder program. This past summer she managed the Beacons summer program, which offered 19 workshops over a 6-week period.

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AUSTIN COSLER

Assistant Instructor

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Austin started with Beacons this past fall eager to share his passion for education to support the Beacons PathFinder program. Austin has an A.A degree in both Arts and Humanities and World Languages from Palomar College, a B.A degree in Philosophy from Humboldt State University, and an M.A. in Philosophy from San Diego State University.
 

Austin's primary research interests are in Bioethics and the Philosophy of Disability, with specific emphasis on healthcare policy and moral psychology. At SDSU, he published his master’s thesis in the field of Bioethics and served as distinguished member of the Phi Sigma Tao honor society.
 

Austin is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities, especially within the context of how it enables an individual to navigate their way through life. Most importantly, Austin wants to help the trainees at Beacons recognize their own potential through education.

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Questions?

Pathfinder@BeaconsNorthCounty.com

Workshop Hours
Customer Service

9:30 am - 12 pm

Monday - Friday

Community Employer Meetings

Consent Form

Beacons, Inc.

760-448-6230

6150 Yarrow Dr., Ste. E

Carlsbad, CA 92011

2021 Beacons Holidays

1/1: New Year's Day

1/18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

2/15: President's Day 

3/31: César Chávez Day
5/31: Memorial Day

7/4: Independence Day Holiday 

9/6: Labor Day

11/11: Veteran's Day

11/25 & 26: Thanksgiving

12/25: Christmas