Education for Employment for the Office (EFEO) (Career and Transition Services)

Following a sufficient and appropriate amount of classroom instruction, EFEO students participate in community work sites, performing office tasks.

Education for Employment for the Office (EFEO) is an office skills program located in four regional sites.  Students are transported from their schools by Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) buses. Students are scheduled for two periods of instruction per day.

Course Description

EFEO is a two credit course that teaches students to make informed career and continuing education choices as they transition from school, gain technical skills, and adapt to the workplace. Students are taught ethical behaviors and career research, job acquisition, workplace communication, self- awareness, self-advocacy, customer service, Microsoft Office applications and perform assignments essential to the operation of an office in a school or community business. This course can be taken for more than one year. Students successfully completing two years of this course will satisfy the sequential elective requirement for certain diploma options.

Instruction

The EFEO curriculum is modified from Virginia’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Connections course Education for Employment, Level I – Development.  Students are provided with opportunities to develop skills and achieve competencies in the areas of computer applications, communication skills, office procedures, and career preparation.  Students have the opportunity to participate in a community work experience as part of this class.

Student assignments may include:

  • Word processing, data entry, spreadsheet creation, and presentation design
  • Office tasks: filing, telephone etiquette, mail handling and photocopying
  • Resume writing, job acquisition and advancement strategies, and interviewing
  • Internet navigation and email usage
  • Maintenance of workstation, equipment, and supplies

Students who benefit most from EFEO demonstrate:

  • Interest in developing work readiness and employment skills
  • Interest in performing routine office tasks, such as photocopying, filing, mail delivery, and data entry
  • Basic computer, mouse, and keyboard awareness
  • Desire to increase computer knowledge and clerical skills
  • Ability to follow simple written directions and text
  • Attention to detail and accuracy

What supports are available in EFEO?

EFEO teachers provide individual and small group instruction in accordance with students’ IEP goals and objectives. When needed, job coaches are assigned to students to help facilitate their transition from the classroom to the business site. EFEO staff members and employment and transition representatives monitor students’ progress and communicate regularly with job coaches and employers.

For more information about the EFEO program, contact:

  • Your EFEO teacher
  • Your school counselor
  • Your special education teacher
  • Your employment and transition representative
  • Career and Transition Services at 571-423-4150