Steilacoom High School’s Special Education Department is in the process of developing a Career Choices class in which students would, among other things, be placed at unpaid work situations during the school day. These work positions would allow students to sample and observe a variety of jobs and job settings, potentially easing their transition to life after high school.
The key in such programs is really the community. Local businesses can enhance the learning opportunities for our students by partnering with the school to provide realistic, brief, job explorations or unpaid work experiences for a student.
The experiences would take place during the school day and each visit would last about an hour. Signed agreements between all parties ensure that everyone’s responsibilities are understood, including the school’s liability in case of accident or injury.
Partnering with a variety of businesses ensures that students have choices that are relevant and interesting to them. Historically, small businesses have been more likely to participate as they have fewer corporate regulations restricting such a partnership. Some very interesting sites are hard to develop due to the nature of the work & shops and factories require workers to be at least 18 years old, but some students will be 18 when they participate in the program. Any business that is willing is a good potential partner. The more partnerships that are established the more choices students have in selecting a relevant work site.
For more information, or to register your interest in partnering with SHS, please contact David Inglis, Special Education Teacher, Steilacoom High School.