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SCOE “School-to-World” Awards Honor Students and Businesses

Event Recognizes Students Preparing for the Workforce

Audience clapping

Students and staff of Leo A. Palmiter High School, Elinor L. Hickey Jr./Sr. High School and the LINKS program celebrated successes at the 14th Annual "School-to-World" Awards ceremony on May 20th.

The "School-to-World" program is a partnership between SCOE and areas businesses that offers students valuable entry-level job experience, connections with local business professionals, an opportunity for immediate use of their newly acquired job skills, and an active way to learn social skills.

Serving as guest speaker was Tim Pittman, Chef Presenter for Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, who took time to praise the students for getting involved with the WorkAbility Program, which is a training program for special needs students and is designed to promote career awareness and exploration while students complete their secondary education program.

"I hope that this program will play a part in you becoming a hard-working member of this society," Pittman said. "I honor everybody who has worked through this program and made it to the conclusion."

The "School-to-World" program provides the services, support system, and opportunities that most at-risk students need to be ready for college and the workforce. The Palmiter and Hickey campuses are operated by the Special Education Department of the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) for students with specialized learning needs. LINKS is a pioneering Community School program offering career training courses for eligible students. Services are tailored to individual students based on their specific needs instead of through traditional, scripted education.

During the event, Business Partner Awards were presented to the following firms for providing employment and other workforce preparation assistance to SCOE's "School-to-World" students:

  • Auto Mobile Express
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Country Waffle
  • Deseret Industries
  • Dollar Tree, Inc.
  • Foot Locker
  • Fulton-El Camino Parks & Recreation District
  • Galt Ace Hardware
  • Mediterranean Market
  • Mimi's Café
  • Mr. Pickle's Sandwich Shop
  • Sbarro
  • SUBWAY Restaurants

If you are a business owner and would like to learn more about the "School-to-World" program, please call (916) 566-2005.

Audience watching students receive awards
Students holding plaques