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Holy Childhood's Work Based Learning Program

Our Work Based Learning Program serves Holy Childhood School Program students, ages 16-21.  The staff includes a dedicated coordinator and four job coaches.  This structured program begins in mid-September and continues through the school year.  Students receive in-school instruction in addition to off-site work experiences throughout the Rochester community.  Holy Childhood’s Work Based Learning Program offers our students a chance to extend their classroom experiences into a real-life workplace setting, working alongside non-disabled employees. 

The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide our students with the opportunity to transfer what they learn in the classroom to actual work site experience.
  • Introduce students to the world of work.
  • Assist students in discovering and recognizing their skills and interests.
  • Introduce the students to unique workplace settings.
  • Help students learn self-advocacy skills in a community setting with non-disabled colleagues.
  • Support the students as they develop the skills that will help them to transition into the work force.

Students in our Work Based Learning program are offered unpaid internships either in a community setting and/or within Holy Childhood.  Each internship placement lasts approximately 20 weeks and allows for two work experiences per school year.  Students are placed at work sites based on their skills, interests, teacher recommendation, program goals and availability.  All students placed at internships in the community are supervised by our trained Job Coaches.

Student performance is assessed by both the assigned Job Coach and the Work Based Learning Coordinator.  Evaluations are completed both at the mid-way point and at the conclusion of a job placement. At the end of a job placement, a comprehensive progress report for the student is completed.  Evaluations are discussed with the student and provided to both the family and the workplace supervisor.  The Work Based Learning Coordinator conducts regular visits to job sites to monitor the students’ progress.

Holy Childhood students are currently enrolled in internships at these community sites:

Cameron Ministries; Food Services and Clothing House
CP Rochester Day Care/Pre-School
Downstairs Cabaret
Greater Rochester Red Cross
Greece Historical Society
Highlands Senior Living of Pittsford; Kitchen and Laundry Services
Lifetime Care
Rochester Museum and Science Center
Sisters of St. Joseph Mother House; Laundry and Dining Center Services
Webster Public Library

For more information about Holy Childhood’s Work Based Learning Program,
contact Jacquelyn Lacy, Program Coordinator, at 359-3710, ext. 298.