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BRIDGE also features a PAES Lab which compliments some Certificates of Competency.

PAES stands for Practical Assessment Exploration System

PAES is Training in:

  • Basic Generalizable Vocational and Life Skills that relate to most careers.

  • Skills needed for vocational training, placement and independent living.

PAES is Performance Based Assessments of:

  • Students Basic Generalizable Work and Life Skills

  • Students Work Interest and Preferences

  • Students Work Competitiveness

  • Students Work Behaviors

PAES Assessments work with most Levels of Special Education Disabilities, including Non-Readers. 

PAES is Work Exploration:

  • PAES provides exploration through HANDS-ON experience providing real and meaningful career information and knowledge of what they can do.

PAES is Work Behavior Development:

  • PAES assesses and trains proper work behaviors, eliminating many barriers to successful job placement.

 How Does PAES Operate?

  • PAES is a hands-on Comprehensive Work Development Curriculum that is set up in a typical sized school classroom.

  • PAES operates in a simulated work environment. Students become employees; teachers become supervisors. Strict procedures are followed so students get the feel of real work, at the same time learn and explore new career vocational areas.

  • Each area has a comprehensive array of tasks for the students to perform. The instructor monitors the tasks and provides feedback and assistance where needed.

  • Students are encouraged to become as independent as possible and are awarded for their progress. 

  • Students completing PAES have a thorough knowledge of many job skills and have a better understanding of the real working world.

  • A comprehensive report is developed once a student has finished PAES. This report can easily be used to develop Career Development Plans, School-To-Work Plans, IEPs and Transition Plans.

  • PAES provides the foundation basics for School-To-Work Transition Plans

  • PAES provides students with Real Knowledge that is relevant to their lives. Students are encouraged to become independent problem solvers and develop higher order thinking skills.

Student Outcomes

Students who have successfully completed PAES:

  • Know what they are good at doing

  • Know where their strengths are

  • Know work-related problem solving skills

  • Know proper work behavior needed on the job

  • Know where they are going

  • Know what careers interest them

Educational Outcomes

When Students finish with PAES teachers know:    

  • What skills a student can actually perform

  • How students are competitive with the real world

  • What type of special assistance will be needed for work

  • What work behaviors students have and which ones they need to develop

  • How to write better transition plans, because vital information is now available

PAES Includes

  • Complete Curriculum Materials

  • Complete Business/Marketing Activities Unit

  • Complete Consumer/Service Unit

  • Complete Construction/Industrial Unit

  • Complete Processing/Production Unit

  • Complete Computer Technology Unit

  • Complete PAES Behavior Inventory

  • Complete Computer Scoring Software

  • Applicable Data Collection Forms