IMPACCT is a partnership of New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation (NHVR), Granite State Independent Living (GSIL), and high schools throughout New Hampshire. The program is dedicated to helping students with disabilities become part of the local workforce as they navigate from high school to employment, post-secondary education, or training that leads towards a career.
The IMPACCT curriculum focuses on five pre-employment transition services, including:
- Job Exploration Counseling
- Work-based Learning Experiences
- Comprehensive Transition Program and Post-Secondary Education
- Workplace Readiness Training
- Instruction in Self-Advocacy
IMPACCT Academy is a comprehensive program that covers the 5 pre-employment transition services hosted at community college campuses throughout New Hampshire. In small groups (15 student max), students work through an academic curriculum presented as a simulated work environment. Students have the opportunity to earn academic credit through Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs), with soft skills training braided throughout.
“The IMPACCT program has been instrumental in helping students achieve their goal of graduating high school and attaining both the college experience and pre-vocational skills. The credit bearing units, assignments and weekly employment simulations are directly related to addressing and strengthening the lagging skills needed to overcome challenges that may adversely impact their future after high school. The students returned for the last semester with a more positive outlook and excitement about their future.” – Jill Hanlon, Windham School District
All school districts and alternative placements may participate in IMPACCT Academy.
There are 3 cohorts offered each year – Fall and Spring sessions (14 weeks), as well as Summer sessions (5 weeks).
Scheduling for each session is as follows:
- 4 days/week of academic instruction
- 1 day/week of paid work experience
- Afternoon Computer Lab is also available for credit recovery
The IMPACCT Workshops are held in schools and at community sites. The Pre-Employment Transition Services are delivered in a small group environment.
The participation in and completion of all 5 modules may count for students as an Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO).
IMPACCT Workshops occur throughout the year and are offered through a variety of options – camps, workshops, etc.
Participating students also have access to a dedicated online module focusing on self-advocacy and soft skills training.
To learn more about IMPACCT Academy or IMPACCT Workshops, please contact your school for further information.
The program is funded by and in full partnership with the New Hampshire Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (NHVR) in response to the recent Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). IMPACCT is offered through Granite State Independent Living (GSIL). IMPACCT was created to help augment and support the transitional services that schools are already providing their students with disabilities.
“My son had the best experience with the IMPACCT program. Prior to the program, he had severe anxiety to think, or let alone talk about, his future. He always said he could not do things. One track mind one could say. The program matured and encouraged him without even him knowing. He started embracing and wanting his future. He started accepting tasks and duties. This program opened his eyes and mind to so many different things. It gave him confidence!! I am just so grateful for the program and most importantly he is as well.” – Stacey, parent of IMPACCT program graduate