Student Work & Academic Growth 2018

Work part-time while taking college courses and practicing independent living.

The Student Work and Academic Growth (SWAG) work-study program for blind or visually impaired youth is accepting applications. 


Compensation: $15.00 per hour. DSB covers college expenses including tuition, fees, textbooks, housing, initial food stipend, and bus pass


Blind/visually impaired youth, ages 18 to 21, residing in Washington state. 

Minimum Qualifications: Must be a current participant of DSB’s Vocational Rehabilitation program. Have acceptable levels of adaptive skills of blindness for independent living. Must be a high school graduate, or passed GED, AND completed at least one college-level course. Previous employment experience a plus.


Eastern Washington University (EWU) for classes; and Cheney & Spokane for employment. Off-campus housing in Cheney.


June 20 to August 17, 2018.

  • Students will receive employment training, mobility, and class preparation June 20 through June 22.
  • Classes begin June 25; end August 17.
  • Employment begins July 1; ends August 17.


Contact Debbie Brown for application packet. Complete the SWAG job application and return it along with a cover letter by postal mail to:

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind
ATTN: Debbie Brown
510 W. Riverside #209
Spokane, WA 99201

Applications due by January 20, 2018.

For more information or to request and application, please contact Debbie Brown at 509-456-2933.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) DSB’s SWAG program will make reasonable accommodations during any and all phases of the selection process for individuals with a disability. Please contact Debbie Brown to request accommodations.