4Heartspring is excited to announce a new program that will be a model for employment training for students with special needs. The educators at Heartspring have created the Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) program. The goal of the program is to give students the skills they need to become employable upon their transition from Heartspring. There are three different levels where students can gain experience to work towards that goal: employment training courses, school-based internships and community-based internships. The classroom consists of six different courses in which the students can build their specific job skills: • Clerical: Allows students to gain experience in working in an office setting. They can participate in a wide range of activities, including data entry, filing and using small office machines. • Domestic: Students can master a variety of household and janitorial tasks. The program has a simulated hotel room where students can get a more complete experience while finishing different jobs like sweeping, dusting and making beds.• Warehouse and Stocking: This course prepares students for a variety of jobs. The mock grocery store area allows students to practice retail sales skills, including stocking shelves, pricing items and handling money. • Packaging and Assembly: Students learn transferrable skills, including using simple tools, packaging and counting items for shipments.• Landscape and Gardening: This course began this summer and will focus on the care of flowers and herbs, landscaping and weeding. • Food Service: This course also began this summer, and students will earn their food-handlers card and learn to prepare food for the public.Competitive Integrated Employment“After 13 years as a paraeducator, I feel completely revitalized. I can’t wait to come in every morning. I am most excited about the potential of this program and how much it is going to help prepare our students for the rest of their lives. This is the future.”- TONYCIE ParaeducatorWarehouse and StockingTony and Heartspring student Eric work together on stocking shelves in the CIE program.
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