Vocational Education &
Practical Life Skills
In addition to general academic content, all students participate in the Vocational Education and Practical Life Skills (Life Skills) program. This program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills they will need when they exit the school system. Vocational and practical life skills assessment takes place upon admission and on an ongoing basis throughout the year, and includes:
- Achievement testing
- Aptitude testing
- Personality assessments
- Independent living inventories
- Vocational skill inventories
- Interest assessments
The Life Skills curriculum is divided into four main areas:
1) Career Exploration: Students explore the world of work. They complete interest and skill inventories, take personality tests, and research different areas of work. Students learn to conduct a job search, apply for a job, fill out a job application, and write a resume and cover letter. Students practice job interviewing skills and problem solve work-related issues.
2) Community Awareness: Students read local newspapers, use the Internet, and listen to local radio stations to learn about community events and local news. Students explore community agencies and the services they provide, and learn about local community colleges and postsecondary educational opportunities.
3) Daily Living Skills: Students learn to manage a budget, keep a checking and savings account, obtain transportation, seek medical attention, and prepare food. They practice skills that will lead to independence; and learn how to take responsibility for their future.
4) Health Awareness: Students are exposed to healthy life choices. Topics covered included nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, and drug and alcohol awareness. Values clarification, life goals, and the benefits of regular leisure and physical activity are stressed.