About CEO

"The CEO Program is integral to ensuring not only that our students with disabilities get the best education possible, but also that they are prepared to compete in the new economy that is emerging in the District of Columbia.”

– Mayor, Vincent Gray

About CEO

The DCPS Competitive Employment Opportunities Program (CEO Program) provides high school age students with disabilities the opportunity to connect with professional mentors who work in a range of competitive occupations. CEO mentors expose students to the world of competitive employment and help guide students through the career exploration process. Program coursework includes paid weekly professional development classes, guided correspondence with mentors and career focused capstone projects. Upon completion of the program, mentors assist participants in applying for paid summer internships at their place of employment. In order to maximize savings, eligible students are encouraged to enroll in Individualized Development Accounts (IDA) in order to receive 1:1 matched savings for use towards continued education after high school.

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