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Steps needed:

1. Apply: To begin the process, please complete and submit an application. The workshop's entrance criteria are listed in the application.

2. Secure SDRC funding: Contact your SDRC service coordinator to let the coordinator know you would like to take the workshop. If the IPP team determines the workshop is an appropriate support/service, the service coordinator will need to complete an "IPP addendum" to a request a "purchase of service" to fund the workshop. The service coordinator will also need to submit a copy of the applicant's "IPP" to the Pathfinder team at: Pathfinder@BeaconsNorthCounty.com. For a sample letter to the SDRC service coordinator, please click here

3. Complete a waiver form: All applicants must also complete a waiver and release form.

4. Intake meeting: After the applicant has completed an application, contacted the SDRC and completed a waiver form, a member of our Pathfinder team will contact the applicant or his/her conservators to set up an intake meeting to make sure that the workshop supports the applicant's IPP goals and that the applicant meets the entrance criteria for the workshop. 


State Holidays

New Year’s Day (1/1)

Martin Luther’s King Jr. Day (1/21)

Presidents Day (2/18)

César Chávez (4/1)

Memorial Day (5/27)

Independence Day (7/4)

Labor Day (9/2)

Veteran’s Day (11/11)

Thanksgiving (11/28)

Christmas (12/25)

Beacons is also closed the week of Thanksgiving and December 23 - 31. 



Workshop instructors will send trainees a syllabus with details about each workshop.

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Workshop FAQs:

Workshop Ratio: 10:3

Workshop Max: 10 

Workshop Minimum: 4

Workshops use customized curriculum and are supported with assistive technology. Pre and post assessments are used to progress monitor. 

Trainees will be awarded digital badges and certificates individualized to reflect the skills they acquired and demonstrated.

Repeats: Trainees earning levels of 2 or lower will be eligible to repeat a workshop up to two times.

Up to 2 additional hours may be provided each week to help the trainee meet a work readiness level of 3.

Entrance criteria: Listed on the application.


Workforce Development*

Sept. 9 - Dec. 19

9:30 am - 12:30 pm/Mon - Thurs.

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Trainees in this employment driven training workshop will explore

accommodations and create an employment support plan, explore assistive technology to identify tools to help increase independence, create a website and employment profile, and learn general workplace skills (including soft skills, basic problem solving, customer service skills, common office skills, and more).


Workshop will also teach skills related to specific entry-level positions that our community partners have identified as potential opportunities for paid internships and/or options for competitive integrated employment after the workshop. [Although neither a paid internship nor employment is guaranteed].

Instructor: Cher Graham (click here for more information)


Ratio: Lead instructors are supported by instructional facilitators to keep workshops at a 10:3 ratio (approximately 4:1). Workshops are designed for those with mild/moderate disabilities who can attend and follow directions and who are interested in employment-related training.

Digital Badge(s): Yes

Certificate(s): Yes

Employment Pathway(s): Paid internships and competitive integrated employment.

Capacity: Min. 4/Max. 10

Payment: This workshop is funded through the San Diego Regional Center for eligible consumers (e.g. consumers who have exited their school districts by aging out or earning a diploma (see below for ATP students). 

*This workshop was made possible in part by funding from the National Foundation for Autism Research.


ATP Students: Under § 4648.55 of the Lanterman Act, the SDRC cannot pay for services for individuals aged 18 to 22 years if that consumer is still eligible for special education through a school district. Only if the IPP team agrees that the "consumer's needs cannot be met in the educational system" or grants an exemption under subsection (d) may the SDRC purchase vocational education services. However, payment for a workshop can be done through a school district if the IEP team agrees that a workshop is needed to help a student meet his/her ITP transition goals related to securing competitive integrated employment or a paid internship. (Payment per a settlement agreement may also be an option).



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Workshop Hours
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Mon - Thurs.

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Beacons, Inc.


6150 Yarrow Dr., Ste. E

Carlsbad, CA 92011









Each Trainee will be provided with their own 15.6" touchscreen 

Chromebook w/ a mouse accessory, but may bring their own device if they prefer.

Instructor: Cher Graham

Beacons is excited to welcome Cher Graham as its lead instructor for the Fall Workforce Development workshop. She comes highly recommended from numerous families whose children she taught in a local ATP program. 


Ms. Graham has served as an educator for over 10 years working with individuals with disabilities as a Special Education Coordinator, Program Specialist and teacher. Ms. Graham has a Masters in Education, a Level 1 Administrative Services Credential, a Moderate/Severe Education Specialist Credential, and a B.A. in Business Administration. As a Special Education teacher, Ms. Graham has a strong record of advocating for and supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as supporting their families. Formerly, she has been recognized as a “Distinguished Employee,” helped implement a Best Buddies program at the high school level, started a Kiwanis Action Club service organization for students with disabilities, and was influential in bringing a Special Olympics event to her district during her leadership as a Special Education Coordinator.


Ms. Graham will also contribute her expertise as a former restaurant owner to help our trainees build workforce skills and employment pathways. As a business owner and operator, she managed over 40 employees and oversaw all aspects of the business including payroll, scheduling and staff meetings. During her ownership, she employed and coordinated numerous employees with disabilities through the ROP and Workability programs, and will use those skills to help our trainees become employees. It was during her time as a business owner that she discovered her true passion of helping people with disabilities find their place, and be included, as a valuable member of the workforce and society.  

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Beacons, Inc. is a California 501(c)(3) tax exempt public benefit corporation.
EIN #82-5388073

Physical Address:

6150 Yarrow Drive, Suite E

Carlsbad, CA 92011

Contact Emails 

General: BeaconsNorthCounty@gmail.com
Club Beacons: Club@BeaconsNorthCounty.com
Leadership Council: Leadership@BeaconsNorthCounty.com
Pathfinder Workshops: Pathfinder@BeaconsNorthCounty.com



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