Self-Employment Exploration Development (SEED) Program

A Pre-Employment Transition Services program
for transitional students aged 16 to 21 in Washington State.

One-week seminar on self-employment & self-advocacy.
July 11-15, 2022 at WWU VU 462A.
Lunch provided.

Connections for potential 40-hour paid internship, informational interviews, & job shadows.

Have you always dreamed of being your own boss? Owning your own business? Doing freelance work? Wandke Consulting (WC) has developed a unique program to help you achieve your dreams!

If you are a Gen Z, have a disability, and answered “yes” to any of the questions above, come explore self-employment with us and gain a better understanding of what it means to be your own boss!

Workshop topics and guest speakers, coming soon!

Self-employment Exploration Development Program logo

Gen Z are drawn to freelancing, self- employment, and entrepreneurship due to the work-life balance associated with being your own boss.

The 2019 Census American Community Survey estimated approximately 700,000 disabled workers were self- employed.

This program is free to qualified applicants and is funded by Washington State DVR.

More information:

  • 40-hour paid internship: As a participant, you will be provided with the connection to a 40-hour paid work-based experience with an organization to prepare for your solo entrepreneurship journey.
  • Informational interviews: We will assist you in narrowing your scope of work, matching the participant with a mentor, discussing progress with a transition specialist, and more.
  • Job shadows: Each participant will take part in up to two job shadows to provide experience and learn first-hand what management of their own business requires. It will also provide additional resources for their support network.
  • One-on-one Guidance: Additionally, participants will be provided one-on-one guidance from Wandke Consulting staff throughout the program. 
Department of Social & Health Services Transforming lives Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

These services were developed in partnership with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.