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NOAA Supervisory Resource Guide

What is the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities?

Typical Scenario: You want to hire a student who is motivated and demonstrates interest in a short or long term project that you are tasked with completing.

Principle: Hiring talented and highly motivated college students with a recognized disability who are interested in learning about NOAA can assist you in meeting your organization’s mission and goals on long or short term projects. The talent base for these students varies based on their level of education and experience. These students include both highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates eager to prove their abilities in the workforce. It is also a great way to introduce young people to NOAA’s mission and programs, and to promote NOAA as a future employer.

Where Do I Start? First, you should determine your need or interest in hiring a summer intern or permanent employee. Then, find out if your organization has the money and the FTE to fill the job. Next, contact your Servicing Human Resource (WFMO) Advisor to discuss which type of position you wish to fill.

Rules and Flexibilities:

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) for College Students with Disabilities is a resource for employers nationwide to identify qualified temporary and permanent employees from a variety of fields. This program is intended to assist people with disabilities that substantially limit the activities of daily living. In order to meet the certification of disability requirements of the WRP at least one of the following criteria must be met by the student.

Trained recruiters from Federal agencies conduct personal interviews with interested students on college and university campuses nationwide. Approximately 1,500 students are interviewed during January and February each year. The student submits all necessary paperwork during the 30-minute interview. Student information is compiled in a database along with interview summaries and evaluation forms. In the spring these application packages are made available on CD ROM to potential employers in the Federal and private sectors. You can obtain a copy of the disc by contacting your organizations EEO Liaison or NOAA’s Pathway's Program Manager, NOAA.Pathways@noaa.gov.

Free adaptive computer technology is available for students hired under this program from the Department of Defense’s Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP).

Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for consideration in this program students must be:

1. At least 16 years of age at the time of appointment;

2. Disabled and:

  • must have demonstrated the ability to perform the duties of the position satisfactorily;
  • have been certified by counselors of the State vocational rehabilitation agencies; or
  • certified by the Veteran’s Administration as likely to succeed in the performance of the duties.

3. Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student (associate, baccalaureate, graduate or professional degree;

4. Enrolled on a substantially full-time basis with an academic or technical course load at a accredited 2 or 4 year college/university, graduate or professional school; or have graduated from such an institution within the past year. Students taking less than a half-time course load immediately prior to graduation are also eligible. However, students who graduated prior to the current year are not eligible to participate (e.g., if a student graduated in 2002 they are not eligible to participate in the WRP in 2003). AND

5. A U.S. citizen or foreign national (resident of American Samoa or Swains Island).

Basic Steps: Once you have the budget and FTE to hire a student, you must:

1. Decide whether you want a summer student or a more permanent employee.

2. Submit a completed SF-52 and the position description to your WFMO Advisor. Include all pertinent paperwork including the student’s resume, official transcript and proof of eligibility in the recruitment package.

3. Review student information from the CD ROM. Conduct interviews.

4. Make tentative selection.

5. Once a selection is made, normal steps for filling positions are followed. Your WFMO Advisor will work with NOAA’s Pathway's Program Manager, NOAA.Pathways@noaa.gov, to assure all program requirements have been met. The WFMO Advisor makes the official offer of employment, and establishes the employee’s starting date.

Required Forms:

Good Management Practices: To minimize delays, ensure program requirements are met, request necessary accommodations as soon as they are identified and enable a smooth and successful process for all, please utilize the services of your WFMO Office.


Page last edited: March 15, 2018

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