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Community works together to support students with special needs

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From left, Danielle Harvey, Special Education Teacher at North Tahoe High; Daisy Sanchez, North Tahoe High School Student; Eileen Driscoll, Program Coordinator for WorkAbility; and John Pillsbury, Counselor, Department of Rehab for the State of California.

Did you know Tahoe Truckee Unified School District offers a community program called WorkAbility, in which local job opportunities are created for students with special needs?

WorkAbility is a nationally recognized school-to-work program that provides middle and high school students in special education with coaching in pre-employment skills such as mock interviews, resume preparation and confidence training before students enter the workplace.

TTUSD has a dedicated program coordinator to assist students to see their strengths and search for careers which would be right for them. Students then go to the local businesses and nonprofits partners and gain important work experience. The TTUSD WorkAbility Program pays salary and worker's compensation for the students.

Eileen Driscoll, TTUSD's WorkAbility Program Coordinator shares, "This program is a win-win for businesses and students. We are very grateful for the community support and these partnerships are making a huge impact in our students' lives."

Current community partners include Mountain Hardware of Truckee, Zano's Restaurant of Truckee, Pet Station of Truckee, Hampton Inn of Truckee, Tahoe XC, Pet Lodge of Truckee, Home Concepts of Truckee, Sierra Senior Services, Tahoe Forest Community Hospital, In His Care Pre-School of Truckee, Truckee Public Library, US Forest Service Station of Truckee, Images Beauty Salon of Truckee, STEPP of TTUSD, and Truckee Pre-School.

To find out how your business or nonprofit can get involved or learn more about TTUSD's WorkAbility Program, contact Driscoll at 530-582-2567 or edriscoll@ttusd.org.

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This article was provided by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.