Find, Start or Expand a Program
HS/HT sites are supported by both public and private funding and the cooperation of businesses, federal and state agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and local school districts. NCWD/Youth also provide support and information to the sites.
Find a HS/HT Program
There are two different types of HS/HT programs listed on this website. The first type is a state-wide program which has a state director and is sponsored by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The second type is an official affiliate program which
If there is not a program in your state, read below about starting a HS/HT program in your area.
States in blue indicate no High School/High Tech (HS/HT) sites.
HS/HT programs depend on building coalitions for three reasons: supporting programs, promoting them, and providing financial and support staff for managing them.
Much of the work in launching and building a program must be done at the state and local levels. Various state government agencies set policy and allocate the essential resources, both human and fiscal, needed to establish and run a HS/HT program. But there is no lead organization designated to make HS/HT a priority. Many state agencies should have a vested interest in HS/HT’s success. The organization that takes the lead to establish a HS/HT program does not need to necessarily manage the effort. It is best to involve a wide range of agencies and organizations at the state and local levels in promoting the development of programs throughout the state. Different strategies work for different organizations but there are several suggested steps all start up programs should consider.
Steps in developing a local site
Several levels of support are required to grow and expand HS/HT. At the national level, ODEP uses its limited resources to help sites build stronger connections to funding sources available in communities that share HS/HT’s mission, including WIA, Vocational Rehabilitation, and IDEA. These funding sources will be discussed in the next chapter. ODEP uses data and anecdotes, as well as policy feedback from the field, to develop national level federal and business partnerships.
ODEP considers the growth and expansion of HS/HT to be a priority. Its staff is always looking for ways to strengthen the program at the national level.
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