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School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP)

SWAP is a program designed to help young people with disabilities obtain and maintain competitive employment.   It is a collaborative effort between Academy School District 20 and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). SWAP was created to ensure that young adults who need vocational assistance don't "fall through the cracks."


SWAP Eligibility

Young adults who want to get and keep a job and meet the following criteria are eligible for SWAP: 

  • Are between the ages of 15 and 24. 
  • Have mild to moderate barriers to employment. 
  • Are on a 504 or IEP plan.
  • Have difficulties that make it hard to stay in school. 
  • Are completing training programs, such as AVP, or are pursuing a college degree. 
  • Are recent high school dropouts, graduates, or completers of a GED.
  • Have available and adequate transportation. 
  • Are able, with vocational training and counseling, to independently hold jobs that don’t require support employment.

​SWAP Resources

Colorado Department of Education Fast Facts - English

Colorado Department of Education Fast Facts - Spanish

Colorado Department of Labor Youth Employment Laws

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

Pikes Peak United Way 211

Pikes Peak Workforce Center

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)

National Job Accommodations Network

Office of Disability Employment Policy

DVR Youth and Transition Services

SWAP Contacts

Michelle Casner
SWAP Coordinator

Morgan Markewich
SWAP Coordinator

Natalie Ihli

CCS/STC Coordinator

  Academy School District 20 is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in relation to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected class. Respect for the dignity and worth of each individual shall be paramount.