2Program Goals and Outcomes Life SkillsSocial/Communication SkillsFunctional AcademicsVocational SkillsAdvocacy Skills
3Life Skills To improve and develop skills for everyday living. Areas of focus:Independent Home LivingConsumer BudgetingPersonal FinanceCareer Readiness SkillsPersonal Hygiene
4Social/Communication Skills To develop appropriate interactions with peers and adults.Areas of focus:Demonstrating proper manners and etiquette in various settingsImproving oral and written instructionsUsing appropriate language skillsPracticing proper body languageCooperation with others
5Functional AcademicsTo improve and develop basic numeracy and literacy skills with real life applications.Academic CoursesMathematicsPractical MathConsumer MathPre AlgebraAlgebra 1EnglishHigh School EnglishLanguage ArtsScienceBiologyEarth and SpacePhysical /EnvironmentalElective CoursesTransition to Work 9-10Community Based Instruction (CBI)Life SkillsResponse to Instruction and Intervention (RTII)
6Academic Classroom Activities To demonstrate lesson plans that involve differentiated instruction that meet the needs of all learners and align with PA Academic Standards.Types of activities:STEM Projects(co2 cars, bridge building, volcanoes, water bottle rockets)Cross CurricularTechnology(activotes assessments, webquest, interactive smartboard lessons)Real-World Applications(banking simulations, career readiness paperwork/mock interviews,)
7Vocational SkillsTo aquire skills required in a work placement setting.Areas of focus:Employer checklist/evaluationsSkills practice (including soft skills)Understanding of workplace rules/behavior
8Advocacy Skills To develop assertiveness and independence. Areas of focus:Self-EsteemDisability AwarenessRights and ServicesInitiation of Assistance
9A Note of ThanksThank you administration and staff for all of your cooperation and assistance with the Mohawk School To Work Transition Program. Your flexibility and encouragement has enabled our students to experience many beneficial career and community projects, activities and events which have provided them with knowledge, self-confidence and the empowerment needed toward establishing their future professional and educational goals.
10Careerlink Job FairIN SEPTEMBER, SENIOR STUDENTS ATTENDED THE LARGEST JOB EXPOHOSTED BY CAREERLINK AT THECOVELLI CENTER IN OHIO.AT THE EXPO, STUDENTS OBSERVEDCURRENT JOB DEMANDS AND GROWING CAREER FIELDS DETERMINED BY TODAY’S ECONOMIC TRENDS.THEY ALSO WITNESSED THEESCALATING NUMBER OF PEOPLEJOB SEARCHING, AS WELL AS SEVERAL TECHNICAL/TRADE SCHOOLS AND MILITARY BRANCHES DISCUSSING SKILLED TRAINING AND POSITIONS.
11Technical/Trade Schools Westminster College Fair and Midwest Intermediate Unit Transition and Agency/College FairStudents are able to attend the Westminster College Fair and MIU4 Agency/College Fair each year to view various post-secondary schools and agencies including:Technical/Trade SchoolsCommunity CollegesTraditional CollegesUS Military Branches
12Retail Career and Consumer Awareness This educational experience was scheduled at our area’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart. The day’s schedule consisted of students shopping for a list of common necessities on a budget, and processing through the checkout. Store workers paired with the students (carrying calculators and worksheets) to assist them with shopping. A register was put into training mode for students to pay for their items.After shopping, the students went on a store tour with management, and reviewed job training, shipping/inventory information, and store regulations.
13Automotive and Technical Job Shadows Students are able to observe and interact with mechanics and management/instructors in their technical field of interests. Some sites include:Phil Fitts FordPreston MotorsSander’s YamahaNew Castle School of TradesLawrence County Career and Technical Center
14Jameson Health System Career Training and Job Shadows Nutrition DepartmentSchool of NursingOffice AdministrationMaintenanceShipping and Receiving
15Career Experiences At The Greer House Assisted Living Nutrition Department – Students prepare appetizers, serve lunch and clean-up dining area.Activities Department – Students assist residence with arts and craftsEntertainment – Students with musical talent perform for residence during or after lunches.
16Community Partnerships Training and Service LearningStudents learn job skills while helping the community by participating in activities that assist children, elderly, and the environment through:PA CleanwaysThe Purple CatLawrence County LifeNew Castle RecyclingOh Wow Children’s Center of Science and TechnologyLawrence County Head StartFD Campbell Library
17Community YMCA Internships and Job Shadows Students assisted preschool HeadStart students with sports activities at the Y-Zone. Students were responsible for equipment set-up, social interaction and demonstrating leadership skills.Students worked as office assistance responsible for photo copies, computer work and filing.
18Business Style Day At The Lawrence County Career And Technical Center (LCCTC) Students review and receive services in proper and appropriate grooming for the workforce from the cosmetology department at the LCCTC. Each student is eligible to receive a manicure, hair cut or style and makeup application (if applicable) as part of the educational grooming session.After the grooming session, students are provided lunch to discuss appropriate manners needed for breaks or lunches at work. Then they attend a trip to Wal-Mart/Sears to review proper workforce attire. Students must answer (mock) interview questions and pick out (mock) interview clothing, shoes, socks, belts, purses, jewelry, and resume portfolios during this experience to support job/grooming readiness.
19Career Planning and Staffing Days With Community Agencies Seniors, parents, school staff, the MIU4, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Careerlink, and AHEDD (Social Security Specialist) discuss detailed transition plans with timeframes for a more complete and streamlined transition process.This staffing confirms follow-up meetings with agencies as well as begins college tour appointments for appropriate students.This meeting also discusses the importance of FASFA for ALL students, not only those going on to post secondary education, but also for those planning to utilize state agencies.
20Custom Student Workshops at the Lawrence County Careerlink One-on-one workshop training and orientation of Careerlink services.Each student registers on the Careerlink Website, creates an online resume, views job postings and reviews the process of applying for jobs.In addition, students may schedule to attend “Rapid-Fire” job search workshops to prepare for job interviews.
21Lawrence County Careers Club Hosted By Mohawk High School Lawrence County Community Action Partnership and Careerlink sponsor the Youth Careers Club offered to 9th-12th grade learning support students. Enrollees participate in career workshops and games hosted at Mohawk High School, as well as out-of-school trips, community service projects, and monthly YMCA nights to promote social skills.Students receive gift card incentives for good grades, behavior and attendance.The major service learning activity our students participate in each year through Careers Club is Global Youth Service Day.
22Fall Promotional Events With The Walker Farm This involves the ongoing promotion and planning of yearly fall events along with community awareness and servicing. The Fall events include:Fallfest – Students created a flyer for distribution to the Mohawk Elementary Students for announcement of the Fallfest events which included: Face painting and a pumpkin decorating contest headed by our high school studentsLawrence County Trunk or Treat – This event was held at Cascade Park in New Castle and was sponsored by Noga Ambulance Service. It promoted safety and fun for children who “trick or treat” in the community.
23Christmas Marketing Projects For The Walker Farm The School-To-Work Program began an annual Marketing/Community Activity Campaign for a local business, The Walker Farm, which encompasses the ongoing promotion and planning of yearly seasonal events along with community awareness and servicing.The Walker Farm Christmas Open House Involved students creating a business card, promotional flyer and DVD for marketing, dressing as Santa and Elves for the local community children, and collecting donations for a local family in need. This connection established a follow-up activity with the local Head Start Preschool, in which our students created a Christmas tree story/activity book and dressed up as Santa and Elves for the Head Start children. This is now an annual event.
24Annual Service Learning Arbor Day and Earth Day Event At The Walker Farm The Walker Farm and Mohawk High School Students annually celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with the Mohawk Elementary Kindergarten children during a tree-planting ceremony with the Lawrence County Commissioners.This event is conducted to further educate students about the national holidays and promote community outreach within the district. The celebration entails a presentation on Earth Day and Arbor Day, a tree-planting ceremony, and the distribution of live seedling trees with tree-planting instructions and educational coloring booklets (made by our high school students) to the children.
25Worksite ToursStudents are invited to attend worksite tours at local businesses to learn about various types of businesses, human resource guidelines, job availability, job descriptions and job skills needed in today’s workforce. Businesses toured include:Adam’s Manufacturing, Grove City Outlets, IPEC, Classico-Foods, Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Daffin’s Candies, Steelite, Ellwood Forge,Golf Cart Supply, Covelli Centre,Butler Institute of American Art,Ellwood Animal Hospital
26College/Technical Tours Students visit local college/technical schools to view facilities, compare and contrast schools and learn about majors, financial services, admissions procedures and support services. Schools toured include:ITT Technical InstituteCommunity College of Beaver CountyNew Castle School of TradesHiram G. AndrewsButler County Community CollegeErie Business Center
27Guest Speaker SeriesStudents are able to collect information about careers and post secondary education from various sources of interest. These include:Local Professional Business Men/WomenLocal Employers/Human ResourcesCollege SpeakersState Agencies
28Guest Speaker Series Business Week Students are invited to participate in Business Week guest speaker presentations from local community employers including:Pizza Joe’s, UPMC, McConnell’s Nursery, Tender Care, First Commonwealth Bank, Shiderly Construction, Clarks Studio, Haylett Painting, Computer fields and Graphic Arts fields.
29CBI “In House” Work Experiences Students are able to work at Mohawk Elementary School and High School in positions that fit their class schedules and allow them to experience “real work” that develops skills, responsibility, timeliness, organization and professional social interaction.These jobs include: office work, retail-school store, Cricut electronic center, nutrition department assistance, recycling and library assistance.
30The School Store School Store Employment Experiences Job Applications, Time Sheets, I-9 Forms and W-4’sProfessional Conduct, Grooming Education and Student Employee EvaluationsStore Mission Statement, Policies and PA Shoplifting LawsMarketing and Sales Promotions ProjectsCustomer Servicing, Inventory and Cash Register WorkSchool Store Annual Christmas Cart Event at the Elementary
31Community Service Work Our “Warriors in Education and Business” (WEB Club) offers students community service experiences that build social, communication, character, and teamwork skills needed to contribute to society. Some activities included: Fish Boxes at Moraine State Park, Toys for Tots with the US Marines, and clearing local land through PA Cleanways.
32County Offices and Transportation Awareness Tour of Lawrence County jail, attendance at a county commissioner meeting and tour of various offices/services at the Courthouse.Transportation education conducted through the New Castle Transit Authority – Students learn to read bus schedules, handle fees and passes, review public safety and ride the public transportation system.Transportation education also includes support in drivers education studies for permit test and a visit to the driver license center if needed.
33Entrepreneurship Challenge Economics PA - Entrepreneurship Challenge (business seminar, project and contest) -Students attend an annual educational seminar at Butler County Community College entitled the “Economics Pennsylvania Entrepreneurship Challenge.” This involves several regional schools and the teaching instruction of facilitator Dr. John Sumansky, a professor at Misericordia University. This conference simulates a professional business seminar that enables students to brainstorm as a team, present an idea for a new business, and learn techniques to utilize and develop an actual business plan in order to open a business. The plans are eligible for entry into a regional and statewide competition each year for the Pennsylvania Partnership for Economic Education.
34Career Readiness Day At Butler High School This event was created by Career Opportunities for the Disabled to provide educational activities for students to assist them with transitioning into the workforce.Activities include: grooming sessions, retail/attire sessions, hand washing and lunch sessions, and mock interviews (students have prepared a resume and completed an employment application in advance).
35Student Self-Advocacy Students confidently speak about their personal obstacles, overcoming barriers, achievements, and their future goals to educate, inform and inspire younger students within the Mohawk Area School District.
36Parent Training With Achieva Transition training for grades 9-12SUMMARY: This training offers guidance to families and people with disabilities on how to design a successful transition process for students moving from high school to adulthood. It focuses on employment, recreational activities, friendships, communication, continuing education, transportation and rights and responsibilities, among other topics. It also describes the roles of the Social Security Administration, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Office of Developmental Programs, and the Housing Authority in providing resources and support. Throughout the presentation, the importance of developing a vision and using person-centered planning along with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and an Individual Support Plan (ISP) are mentioned.