Degrees and Certifications:
Vocational Coordinator Learning and Behavioral Specialist
My Name is Claire Zimmerman, and I am the Vocational Coordinator here at West for our Learning Resource work program commonly referred to as VTAP. VTAP stands for Vocational Transition Assistance Program. I work with students during class time to work on the Vocations course, which covers the topics of job hunting, completing applications, resumes, job interviews, soft and hard skills, and career exploration. Students in VTAP are then released for three class periods a day to get work experience at varying levels of support, starting with being housed within a school program with a job coach to be out in the community in a competitively paid position. Prior to working at West, I worked with students in our Learning Resource Program at Normal Community. I am excited to be a Wildcat and help support our students in becoming successful employees.