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More than a Buck
Friday, March 31, 2017
Four BEARS program students and 10 Life Skills students from the Southern Adirondack Education Center (SAEC) are really getting a bang for their buck. They recently started a job experience opportunity at Just A Buck, a retail store in Queensbury, NY. Students in both programs go to the site in groups of three, along with their job coach, one or two times per week. They perform ‘zoning’ which means they stay in one area and make sure all the displays are neat. They straighten and move stock up to the front of shelves so customers see the products. Then they move on to another zone. They also do cleaning, sweeping, opening up boxes, and stocking shelves.
Working in the community allows the students to use the soft skills they have practiced in their classroom. SAEC’s Work Based Learning Coordinator Bruce Hoffman facilitated the opportunity. Allison Adams, the store manager, says that although it just started a few weeks ago, she hopes to continue the arrangement in the future.
“Each group has a different potential and a different ability, so they have different jobs. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my zoners. They come, they straighten, they make sure everything is nice and tidy. Friday’s group are my cleaners. Monday’s group are stockers,” says Adams.
She adds, “having the job coach is helpful. I direct to the job coach and she will assist the students. It works. It is a good program and I think they are learning a lot."
Special Education teacher Lexi Glover, who teaches the Life Skills class, says students also work on campus doing recycling, have gone shopping at Price Chopper, and worked at the SPCA collating papers.
“For those students who are graduating, working at Just A Buck, gives them a future employment possibility. It also provides some more real life job experience instead of learning about it in the classroom,” says Glover.
When asked about going to Just A Buck, students say “it's great."
Tim Halter, who is in the BEARs program is hoping to be hired full-time at Just A Buck after he graduates in June. Tim has Autism and loves order. Stocking and straightening the items at Just A Buck play to his strengths.
Tim’s teacher Linda Robinson says, "I am thrilled to have this opportunity for my students to gain real-world work experience that they will be able to use after graduation."
Carl LaRock, Ft. Edward and Nick Wright, Glens Falls inflating balloons
Dominick Caputo, Alex McKay & Dean Brow, all Hudson Falls CSD, stocking shelves
Tim Halter, Granville & William Thomas, Hadley-Luzerne straightening cards
William Thomas, Hadley-Luzern, in the card dept.
Kaylie Smith, Hudson Falls, in the sock dept.