Once again the Towns of Durham and Middlefield will be participating in the Workforce Alliance Summer Jobs Program. The two towns seek a grant from this State agency which promotes youth employment. The focus is to encourage teens, ages 14-21, who would otherwise have difficulty finding jobs, to have successful work experience. Participants qualify either on low family income or by having a documented disability. Although placement is not guaranteed, annually 40 students have worked with area employers earning minimum wage and developing job skills. Employers benefit as well as the participant's earnings come from this grant through the Towns. Many local businesses have sponsored students since the program began. The Durham Pharmacy, Durham Fitness, Lyman's Apple Barrel, Perk on Main, Epic Horse Farm and Levi Coe Library are just a few to benefit from this opportunity. Applications are available through the transition office at Coginchaug Regional High School. Deadline for participants April 20th. Employers and potential participants are encouraged to direct questions to Elizabeth Shoudy at 860.349.7215 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org Either first selectman can be contacted as well.
Understanding your disability is the proven success factor in determining your future. Whether you choose college, a vocational program or straight to work, knowing your learning strategies is what helps individuals with disabilities. With knowledge comes the ability to "advocate" (a key word my students hear daily from me!) The following article from US News in Education offers a wonderful look at strategies necessary for succeeding in college.
Southern Connecticut is offering a wonderful opportunity for students and parents planning on college. A workshop, Making a Successful Transition to College, will be offered February 23, 2013 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Adanti Student Center Theatre. The free, informal talk will cover the following items:
Hear from a panel of SCSU students with disabilities
· Overview of the Disability Resource Center
· Services and Resources Available
· Preparing for the transition to college
· The Admissions process
· Questions & Answers
For more information and registration information click on the link. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DmcXzlJ0hLBPFXtWgoEj83IzJFudMNFaQEsfRPmYPeQ/edit
It's all the buzz. Who's heard from the colleges they have applied to and who hasn't even gotten started yet! The New York Times has published a wonderful checklist for college bound seniors. Check it out here: http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/counselors-calendar-january-seniors/
One of the most well known online sources for finding jobs. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook. They provide invaluable advice on finding and getting a job. Best of all they post job openings on the website by area. Read my latest favorite article: http://www.snagajob.com/resources/heres-how-to-reach-us/
One of the best resources I have found through Twitter! Here's my current favorite article: http://www.ncld.org/adults-learning-disabilities/post-high-school/preparing-for-post-secondary-education-college-versus-vocational-training
The number one thing to getting into college is to get good references. Colleges pay way more attention to those letters than to your own essay. In fact, one college told me they really don't even look at the essay! Here is a great article on those all important letters: http://www.collegeadmissionsstrategies.com/2012/10/getting-great-reference-letters/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CollegeAdmissionsStrategies+%28College+Admissions+Strategies%29