WorkAbility III at Southwestern College was established in 2014 and is a collaborative program between the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and Southwestern College (SWC). WorkAbility III is a part of a larger program established to assist students who are attending classes within specific California Community Colleges. The program provides comprehensive career counseling services for students with disabilities and assists them with acquiring the necessary tools to obtain successful employment. Our goal is to teach students the skills that will assist them to develop meaningful careers throughout their lives.
In order to receive services through WAIII, you must be:
- A client of the California Department of Rehabilitation, or eligible for services.
- A student attending classes with the Southwestern Community College District:
| Chula Vista Campus
|| 900 Otay Lakes Road,Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299
| Higher Education Center National City
|| 880 National City Blvd.,National City, CA 91950
| Higher Education Center Otay Mesa
|| 8100 Gigantic St.,San Diego, CA 92154
| Higher Education Center San Ysidro
|| 400 W. San Ysidro Blvd.,San Ysidro, CA 92173
If you are a student and you are not yet a client of the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), please contact an office near you to schedule an appointment with an intake counselor. To apply online or for more information, visit the DOR website.
For individuals who are uncertain of their employment goal, there are personal development and non-credit courses offered through Southwestern College. Students may also explore various careers and interests with the WorkAbility III Staff in order to determine their employment goal.
Counselors will explore and evaluate education, work history, interests, skills, and personality as well as utilize their understanding of the local labor market to assist in finding the best employment for each student. Through counseling the objective is to identify marketable skills to obtain employment and achieve your goals.
We provide students with the necessary tools for them to become successful in their job search. These tools include the creation of a "Master Application", resume writing, cover letter development, job search skills, online resources, job leads, job fairs, mock interviews, interview practice, disability rights, interview attire, goal setting, networking, and employer outreach.
Employment Resources: These sites represent several resources for individuals seeking employment and support resources.
Vocational Training Support:
Students who are pursuing their training within SWC are highly encouraged to combine education and work experience. The WA III staff will assist students in securing unpaid or paid internships related to their training to increase marketability upon graduation.
WA III counselors monitor student progress once students have become employed. WA III counselors focus on teaching job retention strategies and remain available to assist students after they have been hired.
Each staff member is highly trained in accommodation recommendations in the workplace. Before and after the student is employed, the WA III counselor can advocate for the student to receive the necessary accommodations required to perform essential functions of their job.
For additional questions please contact:
WorkAbility III Coordinator
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone: (619) 421-6700 (ext. 5492) (voice)
Videophone: (619) 207-4480