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Wayfinders at Fresno State


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The Wayfinders Program is dedicated to empowering participants to excel vocationally. Through a comprehensive approach, we equip our participants with both practical experience and classroom instruction to prepare them for competitive integrated employment. Central to our curriculum is the Career Development Class, a 3-unit course offered in collaboration with Fresno State. Throughout the semester, students delve into crucial skill areas including work ethic, effective workplace communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and accountability. Practical exercises such as resume creation, electronic portfolio building, mock interviews, and soft skills refinement are integral components. Students benefit from hands-on learning opportunities through four semester-long internships across various industries, all provided at no cost for the worksite. Initially, a dedicated Wayfinders job coach offers on-the-job support and training. As participants demonstrate proficiency and understanding, the coaching gradually transitions to allow the natural support within the business environment to guide their development further. Our program fosters a dynamic environment where participants actively apply their acquired knowledge and skills, ensuring they are well-prepared to not only secure but also thrive in meaningful employment opportunities.

Benefits to Worksites

  • Zero compensation by the worksite
  • Zero liability; covered through the Fresno State Foundation
  • Job coaches are provided to assist participants in performing job duties
  • Up to $20K in tax credits/deductions if the participant is hired
  • No-cost job training for participant
  • Wayfinders Vocational Management Staff provide immediate support to the employer and their employees regarding the Wayfinders particpant
  • Contribute to the development of the participant's workability, confidence, and potential for future employment

How Worksites Maximize Developing Employment Skills in Wayfinders Participants:

  • Skill development in real-world settings.student working in office
  • Exploration of career paths and industries.
  • Boost in confidence and self-esteem.
  • Networking opportunities with professionals.
  • Familiarity with accommodations and support systems.
  • Enhancement of resume and competitiveness.
  • Personal growth through adaptation and resilience.

Our Current Worksite Partners

Fresno State Campus

  • Athletics Department
  • The Bucket
  • Bulldog Bowl
  • Career Development Center
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry Dept.
  • College of Health & Human Services
  • Craig School of Business-CBS Student Support
  • Dept. of Communicative Sciences & Deaf Studies
  • Dept. of Public Health
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences Dept.
  • E-sports
  • Facilities Management Services
  • FSU Health & Counseling Services
  • Grounds and Landscaping Department
  • The Habit
  • Huggins Programs for Children
  • Kennel Bookstore
  • Learning Center
  • Library Access Department
  • Library Circulation
  • Library Digitization Unit
  • Marketplace Kennel Campus Pointe
  • Plant Science Dept.
  • The Resnick Student Union
  • Recreation Center
  • Student Housing
  • University Dining Hall
  • Wahoo's Fish Tacos
  • Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies


  • Clovis Grocery Outlet Bargain Market
  • Clovis Huckleberry's Restaurant
  • Clovis Senior Center
  • Colton's Social House
  • Clovis Costco
  • Future Ford of Clovis
  • Pet Supplies Plus (Clovis)
  • REI
  • Save Mart Grocery Store
  • Vinland Elementary
  • Walgreens
  • Yosemite Falls Cafe
  • Best Western Plus
  • The Talk Team
  • ReStore







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If you are interested in patnering with Wayfinders as a worksite, please contact Macy Pereira.

If you are interested in becoming a job coach, please visit the Auxiliary Human Resources website to search for open positions.

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Contact Information

Macy Pereira, M.A.

Vocational Specialist

Phone: 559-278-0224