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2011 Disability Mentoring Day: Career Development for the 21st Century

Linda Kappauf of South Piedmont Community College speaks with S.T.E.A.M. students at October monthly session

   Across the US today, many businesses and community agencies will be celebrating National Disability Mentoring Day.  Union County is certainly in the forefront with a new program which was piloted last school year for 11th & 12th grade students with disabilities.
  The Monroe Vocational Rehabilitation Office and the UCPS EC Department have joined forces to prepare students with disabilities for the workforce.  They have collaborated and designed a program called S.T.E.A.M. (Striving towards Employment and maintaining).  The program targets 11th & 12th grade students.  Students meet monthly to enhance their job seeking skills, self advocacy skills and learn employment maintenance.  During each session, a representative from a local business or community agency speaks about their facility, employee expectations and employment opportunities.  This program is a true testament of the meaning of “Disability Mentoring Day: Career Development for the 21st Century.”  For additional information on this program, contact Margaret Oshita or Linda Little at (704) 289-2543.

Written by: Linda Little, Exceptional Children Transition Specialist
Posted: Oct 19, 2011 by CoRetta Limous

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