School to Work Transition Plan at The Gateway School

Our School to Work Transition program provides mandated and essential “school-to-work” transition services for 14 to 21-year-old students. Each school employs a dedicated Structured Learning Experience Coordinator.

We provide classroom instruction in:

  • Academic Survival Skills
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Appropriate Social Skills
  • Career Possibilities
  • The Job Application Process

Our program provides the student with the experience of working at a job within the school setting. Each student is provided with on-the-job training. The student’s time at work is recorded and his or her job performance is evaluated. This work experience helps the students to develop the work and social skills that are necessary prior to their placement at a job site in the local community.

The students gain school-based work experience in the following areas:

  • Cashier Skills
  • Delivery Services
  • Development of Small Businesses
  • Food Services
  • Inventory of Supplies
  • Maintenance Services
  • Office and Clerical Work
  • Sales Associate

Students are given the opportunity to work at a local participating business that has agreed to partner with us. Our staff works closely with the personnel of each business prior to and during the job placement. An Employment Specialist from our staff accompanies each student to the job site to assist them in performing their required tasks. They also ensure appropriate interaction with co-workers and a supervisor.

The students gain community-based work experience at the following types of work sites:

  • Chain Stores
  • Libraries
  • Offices
  • Plant Nursery
  • Restaurants
  • Retail Stores

The school staff is committed to assisting students in acquiring the skills that will enable them to live independently, be actively involved in their communities and be able to find employment and the appropriate supports.