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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, public school systems, public Charter school associations, 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
  • Personal Finance
  • Customer Service
  • Introduction to Business
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Document Production
  • General Office Procedures
  • First Aid
  • American Sign Language
  • Fitness

UMC Apprenticeship Area Examples

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

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

  • Work-Based Learning Experiences
  • Job Exploration
  • Interview Skills
  • Transportation Skills
  • Navigational Skills
  • Independent Living Skills          
  • Time Management
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Banking
  • Budget and Money Management Skills
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Goal Setting
  • Social Interactions
  • Stress Management

Student Admission Criteria

  • Be 18-22 years of age with IEP or Section 504 Plan
  • Eligible for LRS services
  • Submit a brief description of why they want to complete the PAY Check program including letters of recommendation
  • Parents/guardians must support their student to participate in community college, learn community and work-related skills, accept a paid apprenticeship, and ultimately support their student to reach the outcome of competitive employment in the career of their choice.



Pay Check Partners





Louisiana Workforce Commission

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services












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