Southwestern College

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.  

About Us

Eligibility Requirements:

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.


Career Exploration:
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.

Vocational Counseling:
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.

Employment Preparation:
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.

Worksite Monitoring:
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: 

Jenny Nominni 
WorkAbility III Coordinator 
Southwestern College 
900 Otay Lakes Road 
Chula Vista, CA 91910 
Phone: (619) 421-6700 (ext. 5492) (voice) 
Videophone: (619) 207-4480 
Fax: 619-216-6612

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Last updated: 9/7/2016 8:51:04 AM