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Post-Secondary Apprenticeship for Youth (Pay Check)

PAY CHECK Students

The Postsecondary Apprenticeship Pilot for Youth (Pay Check) pilot is an innovative collaboration between the LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC), Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, Delgado Community College, two public school systems, one public Charter school association, and the University Medical Center-New Orleans. 

Pay Check is a 3-5 semester program wherein students select courses at Delgado Community College related to UMC targeted apprenticeship areas, participate in professional career development activities, learn community and work skills, and gain employment experience through a paid apprenticeship at the University Medical Center.

Delgado Community College First Semester Courses

  • Survey of Computer Applications
  • College Career Success Skills
  • Fitness

UMC Apprenticeship Area Examples

  • Central Sterile Processing                   
  • Courier (Patient Escort)
  • Patient Access
  • OT/PT Aide
  • Central Stock Supply
  • Food, Dietary & Nutrition

Pre-Employment Transition Skills and On-the-Job Training

  • Work-Based Learning Experiences
  • Work Skills
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Life Skills      
  • Creating & Managing Schedules
  • Budgeting and Money Management Skills
  • Using Public Transportation

 

Small Victories and Hard Work Lead to PAY Check Student SUCCESS!

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Jordan began his first semester with the PAY Check program in January 2018. Prior to enrolling in our pilot, Jordan was receiving instruction in a self-contained classroom with four to ten other students. When he arrived at Delgado Community College in January, he was intimidated by the Delgado workload. This was the first time Jordan had done work outside of class.

Jordan has put in the effort to step outside his comfort zone and his hard work is paying off.  Currently, Jordan is thriving in a fully-inclusive program and taking college-level classes. On his most recent midterm, he received a 94% and his GPA is now 3.14!  Jordan is proud of his progress and the Pay Check Specialists are all very proud to see Jordan’s growth in just a few short months.

 

PAY Check Strikes GOLD!

From left to right: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards; First Lady Donna Edwards; Cathy J. Lazarus, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at LSU School of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer of UMC-NO; and Bethany Matthews, Director of Human Resources at UMC-NO
From left to right: ?; McKenzie Esta and Rebecca Ellis, PAY Check counselors; Sue Killam, PAY Check Director; Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards; First Lady Donna Edwards; and ?

 

LSUHSC Human Development Center PAY Check nominated the UMC-New Orleans for the Governor’s Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities (GOLD) Employer of the Year award because of their disability employment initiative which most recently included the LSU Health Human Development Center Postsecondary Apprenticeship Pilot for Youth (Pay Check).  The PAY Check pilot is an innovative collaboration between the LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC), Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, Delgado Community College, two public school systems, one public Charter school association, and the University Medical Center-New Orleans (UMC-NO). Pay Check is a 3-5 semester program wherein students select courses at Delgado Community College related to UMC targeted apprenticeship areas, participate in professional career development activities, learn community and work skills, and gain employment experience through a paid apprenticeship at the University Medical Center. On November 15, 2017, at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, PAY Check counselor Rebecca Ellis presented the GOLD Employer of the Year Award to Cathy J. Lazarus, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at LSU School of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer at UMC-NO.

 

Pay Check Partners

 

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Louisiana Workforce Commission

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services

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