Jill PierceTransition SpecialistJill.Pierce@maryland.gov410-554-9109
The high school student, parents, school personnel, and DORS counselor work as a team to help transition the student from school to employment, post-secondary education or career training. It is this team approach that helps students with disabilities find success and independence after high school.
In Prince Frederick, DORS works with The Arc and Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) to help find jobs for Summer Youth Employment (SYE) program participants. The organizations have worked together for a number of years and have forged successful partnerships with area businesses, including: Calvert County Parks & Recreation, World Gym, Walgreens, Nicks of Calvert, and The SPOT Thrift Shop, among others.
Parent Michelle Wilson says the program accomplished an important goal: demonstrating success.
“When you have a child with special needs, it’s so hard…When he was in elementary school I was [so worried]. And now former teachers see him and say to me ‘THAT’S your son?’ and say ‘Yes! And this summer he had a JOB!’ I think this is a great program!”
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