Lakota's "Transition to Work" Program Bolsters Skills, Independence

Lakota's "Transition to Work" Program Bolsters Skills, Independence
Posted on 05/10/2017
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Photo of work study seniorsFor many of the attendees at Lakota’s annual work study student appreciation breakfast, it is the highlight of their year. It’s a special event, not only for the students being honored and their families, but also for the employers who support the program.

“This is a great time to celebrate the accomplishments of our hard working students,” explains Andrea Longworth, executive director of Special Services for grades 7-12. “Many of the students have changed so much throughout the year and it is wonderful to recognize their effort and their growth. Students who began the year as shy and quiet have developed their interpersonal skills and their confidence – and it really shows!”

The district’s “Transition to Work” program is designed to help special needs students learn employment basics while honing their interpersonal and social skills. Instructional Assistants and job coaches support the students; ensuring projects are appropriate for their abilities and serving as liaisons between the students and the employment site.

Currently, 60 Lakota students are placed at 21 local employers, with others completing their work study at 12 Lakota schools and the Central Office.

“We’re grateful to our many community businesses that encourage our students through their support,” states Donna Haury, Work Study coordinator.  “And the staff at Wetherington Country Club really go above and beyond to prepare an amazing buffet and make us feel so welcome. They treat the students and families so well and do such a great job!”

Employers participating in the Work Study program are:

  • ABC Pediatrics
  • Bagger Dave’s Restaurant
  • Big Lots – VOA
  • Bob Evans – Tylersville
  • Bob Evans - Union Centre
  • City BBQ- VOA
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Faith United Methodist Church
  • Fit-Works
  • Frisch’s – Bridgewater
  • Frisch’s - Cinti-Day
  • Frisch’s – Sharonville
  • Frisch’s - Yankee Road
  • McDonald’s – Union Centre
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • TJ Maxx – VOA
  • The Edge
  • Walgreens - Cinti-Dayton
  • Walgreens – Liberty Township
  •  Walgreens – VOA
  • West Chester Animal Clinic

There are also students who participate in Butler Tech’s Project Search and Project Life program, who are placed at the following locations:

  • Atrium Medical Center
  • Brew House Dog Biscuits
  • Eli’s - Liberty Township
  • Eli’s – Ross
  • Fairfield YMCA
  • Glen Meadows Nursing Home
  • IGA - Ross
  • McDonalds Beckett Ridge
  • San Mar
  • Subway - Ross
  • Taylor’s Point Nursing Facility
  • Theisenkrupp
  • TJMax Bridgewater
  • Tractor Supply
  • West Chester Hospital and Miami Oxford​​​​​​​

Click here for our Facebook gallery of photos from the event.


Photo caption: Lakota seniors in the Work Study program gather for a photo at the May 3 recognition breakfast.