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School-to-Work Alliance Program (SWAP)


SWAP is a collaborative effort between local school districts and the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). The program is designed for youth who have barriers to finding and keeping employment.

Our Mission

To believe in and create an environment that encourages and inspires young adults to grow by succeeding in the world of work.

Who Is Eligible for SWAP Services?
  • Have a mild to moderate disability. Examples:
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Physical Disabilities
    • ADD or ADHD
    • Emotional Behavior Disorder
    • Substance Abuse

  • At risk of dropping out or have dropped out of school

  • Youth out of school
    • Graduates with barriers
    • Drop-outs with barriers

  • Youth between the ages of 16-25
What Does SWAP Offer to Young Adults?
  • Career exploration
  • Assessment of skills & interests
  • Development of a resume
  • Instruction on filling out job application
  • Interview skills
  • Provide support in the form of mentorship and short term job coaching (as needed)
  • Supervising youths’ progress on the job
  • Job retention Skills
  • Post employment follow-up and support

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the SWAP specialist in your area:

Shaunna Mata
Cell: 970-946-4659
Email: smata@sjboces.org
Program Coordinator
Bayfield, Durango, Ignacio, Silverton

Mackenzie Haley
Cell: 970-799-4392
Email: mhaley@sjboces.org
Durango, Silverton

Rhonda Padilla
Cell: 970-570-9568
Email: rpadilla@sjboces.org
Cortez, Dolores, Dove Creek, Mancos

Beth Rivas
Cell: 970-769-2186
Email: brivas@sjboces.org
Pagosa Springs


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