For many young people, making the transition from school to the adult world can be challenging—especially getting job experience. The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) offers a WorkAbility “school-to-world” program that provides students with that all-important first job opportunity. Students from several SCOE programs were recognized for their success at today’s ceremony.
A partnership between SCOE and area businesses, the WorkAbility training program is a joint venture that offers students comprehensive pre-employment training, valuable entry-level job experience, connections with local business professionals, an opportunity to use their newly-acquired job skills, and an active way to learn social skills. Students from Elinor L. Hickey Jr./Sr. High School, Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School, and North Area Community School were recognized, as were the numerous businesses that provided students with employment opportunities.
WorkAbility provides the services, support system, and opportunities that the students need to prepare for college and the workforce. Services are tailored to individual students based on their specific needs instead of through traditional, scripted education.
2016 Palmiter graduate Aaliyah Navarro was the keynote speaker. She talked to students about how WorkAbility helped prepare her for her current job as a dental assistant. “It’s helped me a lot. It taught me a lot to grow up. It taught me a lot to show that you have chances to make it far,” Navarro said.
A wide variety of local partners were honored with awards for providing employment and other workforce preparation assistance to students in SCOE’s School-to-World program. This year’s partners included:
- Ace Hardware (Galt, Rio Vista)
- Arden Park Florist
- Comfort Inn and Suites (Galt)
- Creekside Oaks Retirement Home (Folsom)
- CVS Pharmacy (Galt, Franklin Blvd.)
- Denny’s (Elsie Ave, Galt)
- Dugout Deli
- Eskaton Village Roseville
- Estralita Culinary Arts/CTE Program
- Flame’s Grill
- Galt Public Library
- Galt Rock & Asphalt
- Galt Supermarket
- Grocery Outlet (Del Paso, Natomas, Stockton Blvd., North Highlands, Orangevale)
- Howe Park
- L'Chayim of Galt, Inc.
- Nor-Cal Woodturners, Inc.
- Pizza Factory (Rio Vista)
- Rio Vista Cafeteria (River Delta Unified School District)
- Rio Vista Public Library
- River Delta Unified School District Maintenance Crew
- SCOE Culinary Arts/CTE Program
- SCOE Sustainable Environments Learning Academy
- Sheila’s Country Rose
- Shop Heroic (Natomas)
- Smart and Final (Northgate)
- Table Farm Community Garden
- Papas & Wings (Galt)