Job mentoring days, students to gain skills in the workplace

High School students with Special Needs in Bradford and Lycoming Counties recently had the opportunity to gain valuable work skills by participating in job mentoring days in our region. BLaST IU17 partnered with the Bradford County and Lycoming County Transition Councils to bring these opportunities to high school students with disabilities, allowing them to job shadow at positions with local businesses in areas of industry that are of interest to them.

Over 40 students from Athens, Canton, Northeast Bradford, Towanda, Troy, and Sayre School Districts were part of the event for Bradford County. Twenty-four businesses allowed students to observe their day to day operations including the Athens and Troy Police Departments, Mt. Pisgah State Park, Kristi’s Salon, Bradford County Manor, Metal Fusion, Animal Care Sanctuary and Greater Valley EMS.

After, there was a luncheon and presentation from Penn York Opportunities on the importance of self advocacy, and information on putting together a resume as well as ideas for what employers are looking for in potential work candidates. Students also had the chance to share out about their job experiences with peers from neighboring school districts, thus contributing to their interpersonal and social skills.

Over 20 students from East Lycoming, Loyalsock, Montgomery, Montoursville, and South Williamsport School Districts took part EmployAbility Day from 10 local businesses including Penn College, IU17, the SPCA, Baxter Plumbing and Heating, Loyalsock Township School District and Bostley’s.

Students gathered at BLaST IU17 in Williamsport for lunch and a guest speaker from the PA CareerLink who educated them on soft skills, resume writing, and the services their organization offers.