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School to Work

The School-to-Work Transition Program serves students aged 17 to 21 years old who are getting ready to exit from the school setting. This is a community-based program that draws together area businesses and educators to prepare special needs students for employment and independent living. The applied academics, combined with on-the-job training, allows students to practice their classroom skills in the community.

School to work cafeteriaEach student in the program completes ten-week, nonpaid internships within a local business. Job coaches help train them on-the-job, along with modifying job duties to meet individual needs. The students develop interviewing skills, complete job applications, resumes, employment portfolios, and the interpersonal skills needed in order to be a productive employee.

The career preparation curriculum we use in the program meets Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Standards. The program is available for a full day with integrated core academics, or half day if students complete their academics at their home school.

Our STW team partners with districts to support students as they build their post high school plans for employment or further training/education. We also collaborate with districts and adult agencies to assist in completing the students’ NYS Career Plan document. Our goal is to prepare students for successful employment.

The goals of the program are to ensure students gain independent living skills, provide students a variety of work experiences, and help them transition into adult services with the least restrictive environment.

Schoot to work girl• Transition from School to the  Workplace
• Learn skills that lead to independent employment
• Exposure to a variety of entry level jobs


• Life Skills
• Career Development
• Universal Foundation Skills (reading, writing, math, problem solving, technology)

School to work kitchen helpPROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

• Community based internships
• Community based field experiences
• Transition planning


• A portfolio
• A Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) / Skills and Achievement Commencement (SACC) credential
school to work student Soft Skills that lead to employment

Kelly Sheppard, Director for Exceptional Learners Division
F. Donald Myers Education Center, Administrative Building
15 Henning Road
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Phone: (518) 581-3830
FAX: (518) 581-3434
Email Kelly by clicking here.

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