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.

EFEO students take part in community-based training after receiving ample classroom instruction.

Education for Employment for the Office (EFEO) is an office skills program located at four different sites. Students travel from their schools by Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) buses. Students take part in 80 minutes of instruction per day.

Course Description

EFEO is a two-credit course. Students learn:

  • To make informed career choices.
  • To make informed education choices.
  • Gain technical skills.
  • To adapt to the workplace.
  • Ethical behaviors.
  • Career research.
  • Job acquisition.
  • Workplace communication.
  • Self- awareness.
  • Self-advocacy.
  • Customer service.
  • Microsoft Office applications.
  • To perform assignments essential to the operation of an office.

Students can take this course for more than one year. A two-year completion of this course meets the sequential elective requirement for certain diploma options.


EFEO modifies curriculum from Virginia’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Connections course Education for Employment, Level I – Development. Students get opportunities to develop skills and achieve competencies in the areas of:

  • Computer applications
  • Communication skills
  • Office procedures
  • Career preparation

Most EFEO students take part 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.
  • Résumé 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 show:

  • Interest in developing work readiness and employment skills.
  • Interest in routine office tasks, such as:
    • photocopying
    • filing
    • mail delivery
    • 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 aligned with students’ IEPs. Job coaches sometimes help students transition from the classroom to the business site. EFEO staff and Employment and Transition Representatives (ETRs):

  • Track student progress
  • Communicate 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