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Students Benefit from Real-World Experience

Students Benefit from Real-World Experience

In order to prepare for life after high school, special needs students are offered hands-on job training with several local businesses.

Transitioning from high school to college or the workforce may be a tough time for students, especially those with special needs.

In an effort to ease this transition and allow these students to gain the necessary skills for maintaining long-term employment, Specialized Education Services, Inc., a 56-school network in 12 states that educates students with behavioral and learning disabilities, has reached out to small businesses and provided job experiences for its students.

From obtaining their barber and cosmetology licence to working in local restaraunts, students learn skills necessary to compete and succeed in the real-world. Students and business owners explain that through these partnerships, students are offered support in job skills such as punctuality, initiative, and good customer service. Small businesses are able to work closely with these students and provide the necessary guidance these special needs students require.

Students have the option to start their job training programs in high school and continue with their work after graduation.

• Read the entire story at Education Week Online

Submitted by Frank Espinoza: City of San Antonio Ambassador

Photo Courtesy: Ken Cedeno for Education Week