Community-Based Vocational Instruction

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Community Based Vocational Instruction (CBVI) is an educational program administered through Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit Nine. The program services Elk, Cameron, McKean, and Potter counties. The CBVI program affords students with disabilities an opportunity to receive vocational training in real life environments. Specifically, we provide experiences to students in secondary lifeskills classes (ages 14-21) in a variety of vocational settings within their local communities. The information gathered during CBVI activities is used to strengthen a student’s occupational interests and abilities and assist in the completion of their post-secondary transition goals.

The CBVI program has three training components that are progressive in nature and are regulated in hours by the Fair Labor Standards Act:

  • Vocational Exploration --- This briefly exposes the students to a variety of work settings that enables them to develop interests and future goals. This exploration is limited to 5 hours per job experience. Examples are site tours and job shadowing.
  • Vocational Assessment --- This experience allows the student to perform specific job tasks in various business settings. This provides an assessment of strengths and weaknesses, and helps the student develop job skills that are transferable to other job settings. This assessment is limited to 90 hours per job experience. Examples are stocking shelves at a grocery store or making a bed in a hospital.
  • Vocational Training --- This allows the student to use learned skills from previous experiences and expand these skills to real life employment situations at community sites. This training is limited to 120 hours per experience. An example would be: vacuuming, dusting, sorting magazines, and returning books to shelves in a library.

Specific Services & Activities by Age

Ages 14-15=> Initial planning at annual IEP meeting, Interest Inventory, Exploratory Visits (1-2 per year)

*An exploratory survey is completed with the student after each visit.

Ages 16-21=> Transition planning with outside agencies, Training Placement (1 per year)

*An assessment report is completed at the conclusion of each training placement.


Final (Student Exit) Year => Final transition planning, Training Placement, Work Adjustment Profile

For questions or more information, please contact:

Point of Contact: Mrs. Abby Ayers

814-274-9880 x.409 (office)

Email: aayers@iu9.org