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​CAREER EXPLORATIONS


 
​At Dirkse CC we believe that a satisfying career begins with information and exploration. Whether you are a high school student exploring the world of work for the first time or you want to change career fields, Dirkse CC has the employment planning services to help. The services below represent a full continuum of employment planning programs. Please contact Heidi Dirkse-Graw if you have any questions. hdirkse@dirksecc.com or 503-516-8073.


 

Vocational Testing 


Assessment through standardized testing may be conducted in any of the following areas by request: vocational interests, personality and interpersonal style, emotional-behavioral functioning, learning style-memory, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, academic functioning, fine-gross motor, job skills, and aptitudes. Transferable skills analysis involves gathering of complete work and educational history with structured analysis of skills learned and demonstrated by the client that are still applicable in relationship to the person's disability. 


Online Skills Testing  


Individually designed job skills testing via the computer. Customized online skills tests evaluate the following areas: 
  • Office Work
  • Computer & Office Program Skills
  • Typing & Data Entry
  • Accounting
  • Customer Service
  • Retail
  • Call Center
  • Banking
  • Computer Networking/Administration
  • Marketing


Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation 


Dirkse CC's Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation is a systematic and detailed process designed to give you the answers you need regarding vocational and career direction. Assessment is conducted in the following areas: vocational interests, personality and interpersonal style, emotional-behavioral functioning, learning style-memory, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, academic functioning, fine-gross motor, job skills, aptitudes, E-skills test and basic labor market. A vocational profile is developed and immediate employability is addressed. Identification of suitable job goals matching interests, aptitudes and transferable skills are generated. Next steps in the VR process are suggested.

 
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Job Shadows, Informational Interviews &

Labor Market Survey


 
Vocational exploration often involves shadowing a job and/or participating in an informational interview to gain understanding about a line of work. Dirkse CC can help clients set-up these experiences. Our counselors can also assist with customized labor market survey to determine if your client's skills are marketable in the jobs they desire and if a realistic market exists in order to write a plan for employment. LMS activities involve calling actual employers with specially designed questions as well as a summary of popular job posting sites and OLMIS information. 

 

On-the-Job Work Experiences 


Dirkse CC offers two types of on-the-job work opportunities: Community Based Assessment (CBA) and Targeted Vocational Assessment (TVA). CBA is designed as a basic program for individuals whose ability to work is in question. It is usually 2-4 weeks in length and is non-paid, meeting Federal Wage and Hour criteria. TVA is designed as a bridge to employment and is appropriate for individuals who are ready to work and who need a chance to "try-out" a job prior to making a firm commitment. It is used successfully as a working interview for employers who carve​ and/or customize employment opportunities. DCC on-the-job work experiences are established based on best practices in the field. A comprehensive summary report designed to provide reliable and relevant information for future employment planning is provided at the conclusion.​
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Phone: (503) 265-9256
Fax: (503) 672-7668

8555 S W Apple Way
Suite 320
Portland, OR 97225
 
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