EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAM
The Education and Training Supports are provided in a highly structured environment and include education, work skills development, social skills development and community integration. Intensive community-based programming provides a safe and supportive environment to help participants learn to take charge of their lives and become more active in their communities. The Education and Training Program encourages full use of each person’s capability to contribute.
A Structured Group Approach
The structure of the Education and Training Program emphasizes individual choice and offers three opportunities for learning and growing in each of three daily sessions. These include Education, Work, and Community Participation.
A number of educational groups are offered each day. Classes are taught in style the best suits the individuals including seminar and experiential style. Each group is taught to incorporate a variety of learning styles and ability levels using a standardized curriculum and customized lesson plans.
- Community Outings
- Creative Writing
- Current Events
- English and Spelling
- Human Rights
- Life Skills
- Coping Skills
- Nutrition and Food Preparation
- Safety and First Aid
- Expressive Therapy including Art, Movement and Music
In addition to the regular groups, people have access to a computer classroom with standardized software and high-speed Internet connections. People use the computers during the daily computer classes as well as during their breaks for a variety of reasons from learning how to type to creating a greeting card or emailing a friend.
Individuals meet each morning and afternoon in small groups to plan for the day, choose activities, and review successes of the day. Also each person has the opportunity to participate in community meeting once each month to plan community activities and educational classes that are of person interest. The weekly and monthly schedules are then designed around these suggestions.
Evaluation and Skill Development
In the Education and Training Program, individuals have the opportunity to take part in skill evaluations and to learn new job skills in:
- Landscaping: raking, mulching, lawn care, trimming shrubs
- Recycling: paper collection, sorting by color, professional interactions with business community
- Reception: answering telephones, taking messages, greeting visitors
- Janitorial Skills: sweeping, mopping, floor buffing, facility maintenance
- Production: labeling, assembling, collating, sealing, metering mail
- Business etiquette: professional attire, business attitudes
- Time management: maintaining a schedule, budgeting time, scheduling appointments
- Career Exploration: exposure to a variety of careers,
- Job Preparation: training on computers, resume writing and interview skills
- Travel: using the taxi, buses, walking, directions, safety
Before going on an outing, people get together to discuss where they would like to go, how much it will cost, and any other preparations necessary before going on the outing, such as buying tickets. Each activity is scheduled according to the preferences of everyone involved. The activities are designed to foster individual fulfillment, to support the development of a network of meaningful relationships and to strengthen links with the larger community. Following the outing, the group meets again to discuss the success of the outing and suggestions for future outings.
Groups discussions are offered at least once daily and staff members encourage people to select community activities that are consistent with the personal goals they have chosen to work on. People in the Education and Training Program are always supported when they are trying new activities or when they are moving on to more independent roles in integrated community settings.
Each month participants in the program are offered the choice to take part in community connections by volunteering food shopping for the elderly. After shopping, the food is dropped off at a local site and distributed to those in need.
Individuals are able to use skills to make community connections. Volunteer opportunities include shopping for the elderly, delivering food from the Food Bank, caring for and playing with dogs, etc.
For information about how you can be part of this program call us today at (912) 826-3883 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org