Students in grades 11 and up begin participating in the Work Experience Program (WEP) with school-based jobs. The school-based WEP includes a variety of jobs throughout the school and vocational skills training in the classroom.
In the classroom, students learning a variety of skills by completing vocational task boxes. Tasks include simple assembly, 2-piece nut and bolts sets, and more complex assembly, 8-piece pen lights. Students also practice collating papers, sorting items by categories and assembling various kits.
Throughout the school, students perform a number of jobs that prepare them for custodial work as well as incorporate daily living skills that crossover to skills in the home. Students collect lunch envelopes and breakfast coolers to return to the cafeteria. Students also collect dirty laundry and dishes that they bring back to the home arts room where they learn to operate a washing machine and dishwasher.
Students perform these jobs using a variety of work systems and adaptations including pictures and voice output devices to communicate steps needed to complete a task. By participating in the school-based WEP students are better prepared to make the successful transition into the Community Work Experience Program.