Lean In! Prep is a Job Readiness and Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Program with the mission to assist Blind and Low-vision High School Students in preparing for achieving long-term employment through Career Exploration and developing technical skills for business.

The scope of Lean In! Prep consists of the following components:
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Technical Training (e.g., JAWS, NVDA, Screen Magnifiers, Microsoft Suite, etc.)
  • Learning about different careers through the Career Symposium
  • Launching and managing an online store

Who is Eligible?

The Lean In! Prep Program is directed at those Students eligible for the State of Michigan Pre-employment and Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Program.  Lean In! Prep Explorers must be High School Juniors and above (16-18.)  Lean In! Prep is designed to prepare students for the Lean In! Program for College Students, therefore Explorers must:

  • Have access to the Internet suitable for virtual meetings
  • Be willing to work within a team/group environment
  • Be willing to participate in all Lean In! Prep activities, including group discussions, book club, Job Exploration Discussions, and other “Lifework” assignments
  • Be willing to learn the technical skills required for virtual work and the Lean In! Program
  • Be willing to participate in the Lean In! Prep Store Work Experience


The Lean In! Prep Explorers Will:

  • Perform a Self-Assessment of skills and desires
  • Receive individualized technical training in Accessibility and Business tools (JAWS, NVD, Microsoft Suite, etc.)
  • Learn online and in-person etiquette and professional communication techniques
  • Explore several industry areas, job roles, and career paths
  • Develop an extra-familial support system
  • Apply the concepts of the Workshops by participating in the Lean In! Prep Store


There is life after High School.  What you receive in dollars can be complemented by a sense of fulfillment.  Are you interested in developing the tools to be ready?  Lean In! Prep can help.

For more information, Email us at:  Info@VanwardConsulting.com