Mohonasen High School students participating in the district’s work-based learning program took part in a celebration this morning to recognize employers from the community who played important roles in creating connections between students and the community — and giving students a chance to develop their skills, enhance their understanding, and build powerful and enriching connections through work and volunteerism.
The work-based learning program offers students with disabilities an opportunity to participate in real-life employment and volunteer experiences in their community. Throughout the school year, students participated in both school-based and community-based work experiences that brought them directly into contact with coworkers, customers and students alike.
During the celebration, each participating student gave a presentation to explain his or her experience and name some of the tasks they were able to master on the job. A reception followed to continue the celebration of both the employers and participating students.
Dan Hinklein, of the maintenance department at the YMCA, was honored as Mentor of the Year for 2017.
“I’ve enjoyed working this year because I get treated like a real employee,” one of the program participants commented on his experience.
The presentation also provided visitors an overview on the many activities the work-based learning program brought to the students this year, in addition to the school and community-based work experiences, including day trips to community businesses, career exploration events, mock interviews and more.