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The School To Work Program Recognizes Business Partners
Friday, May 03, 2019
“The School To Work Program is a true representation of what makes a BOCES work,” said District Superintendent James Dexter at the 2nd annual business partner recognition luncheon held on May 3.
“Matching up every child’s needs with a successful experience so that they can be successful adults is really important,” said Dexter.
The School-to-Work Transition Program serves students aged 17 to 21 years old who are getting ready to exit from the school setting. It 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.
The program now has 23 job sites where students get to experience different types of work to find out what fits them best. Participating business partners are: BOCES Maintenance, Congregation Shaaray Tefila, Courtyard Marriott, Fairfield Marriott, Hannaford, Hoffman's Carwash, Holiday Inn, Market 32 Bakery, Market 32 Cafe, Rite Aid, Rolling Oaks Farm, Saratoga County Animal Shelter, Saratoga Library, Saratoga Rowing, Saratoga Strike Zone, Senior Citizens Center of Saratoga, Spa Catholic, Stewart's Warehouse, The Giving Garden, Tractor Supply, United Methodist Church, Walmart Super Center.
“My favorite job site is the Saratoga Senior Center’” says Christian Briggs of Whitehall CSD, where he helps to clean.
Penny Heritage of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter says having the students work at the shelter has been a great experience. “We appreciate all the help from the volunteers. They help with laundry, from pet beds, to towels, in the kennels and cat areas. They also fill food bowls and sweep. It really helps us.”
The students also gain job experience with the WSWHE BOCES maintenance department. They clean floors and dust off the tops of lockers. Their outdoor tasks include raking, weeding and mulching.
The intention is to find something students like to do so that when they transition from the program they will have some work experience and be successful in the world of work. For additional information about the program, click here.