June 9, 2014
Niskayuna Price Chopper- Front End
Schenectady Museum (miSci)
Ingersoll Place- Kitchen
Glen Eddy- Activities
Shoprite- Bakery and Front End
Barnes and Noble
Union College- Athletic Office
Regional Food Bank in Colonie
Proctor's Theater CafÃ©
Schenectady Main Branch Library
Hillside Elementary Library
High School Cafeteria
High School Greenhouse with Biology teacher Mr. Jennings
CDTA Travel Training & trips to local sites
NYS Museum in Albany
Career Exploration Tour at CBS 6
Tour of TD Bank at Shoprite Plaza
Schenectady Central Park
Trips to SCCC to meet student group
Meeting with student work program at Scotia-Glenville
In early June, students in the Niskayuna Student Work Program welcomed the many business, community, and district partners they worked with this year to a breakfast to say thank you for a year filled with experiences that will help students well into the future.
Scroll down for more photos from the breakfast.
The breakfast also celebrated all that students have accomplished this year, and allowed them to thank their job coaches and families. Students have baked bread at Panera, served customers at Price Chopper, helped in the High School Print Shop, worked in the Hillside library, and so much more. A slideshow shown at the breakfast, narrated by the students in the program, depicted the year's many activities.
The multi-faceted program prepares students in grades 9-12 for a career through pre-vocational, real-world training, work experience at the various in-district and community sites, and through "Get a Job" sessions at school. Eight students students in grades 9-12 participated in the work program this year. The program is coordinated by John LeClerc.
During the pre-vocational phase, students work at sites within the district, while participating in classroom sessions focused on workplace skills and career exploration. Then, they move on to community and vocational sites, completing unpaid internships in community businesses. They rotate to a series of work locations, while continuing to learn work sills and explore careers in the district. The program job coaches are Carol Venizio, Toni Bisio, Jules Paul, Barbara Hollander, and Sandy Hovey.
Community access and life skills are also integrated into the program. Students have taken the CDTA bus to downtown Schenectady, visited restaurants, gone grocery shopping, and cooked and donated food to local charity. This year they also helped spread the word about Autism Awareness week at Schenectady County Community College, talking to students, professors and staff and participating in a pizza party with their collegiate counterparts.
Among the accomplishments that were celebrated at the June breakfast was the fact that students graduating from the program have secured jobs with some of the employers that they met through the program.
"We are so proud of our students and so appreciative of all of our partners in the district and the community," said LeClerc, the program coordinator.