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Hundreds of Students Participate in Job Skills Program

Business Partners Contribute to “School-to-World” Success

Sally C. with SCOE staff

Sally C. was the winner of this year’s School-to-World Award. Her work experience earned her a job at a local restaurant, and she plans to attend cosmetology school and community college. Sally was presented with a plaque earlier this month.

Going from high school to the adult world is a huge transition for young people. Learning job skills and gaining work experience is challenging for many teens, but the WorkAbility/Transition Partnership “school-to-world” program—a joint venture between the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), local school districts, and area businesses—provides a valuable opportunity for training and work-based experience. This school year, SCOE collaborated to serve more than 700 middle school and high school students across Sacramento County.

At the 29th Annual School-to-World Ceremony, held today at Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School, SCOE celebrated about 40 of its own students for their success in the job skills program. Students from Hickey, Palmiter, and Colley Jr./Sr. High Schools, plus Cordova Lane Senior Extension and North Area Community School, were recognized.

School-to-World Award Recipient

Each year, a standout student is selected to receive the School-to-World Award for demonstrating self-advocacy, determination, perseverance, and growth. This year’s award went to Sally C., a student in the Senior Extension program at Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School. Sally will graduate later this month. She was recently hired by Papas & Wings of Galt after completing her work experience there. She plans to attend cosmetology school and community college, pursuing a degree in business to help her grow her online jewelry business.

About the WorkAbility/Transition Partnership Program

SCOE and district partners collaborate with area businesses on the WorkAbility/Transition Partnership program. It offers students valuable entry-level job experience, connections with local business professionals, an opportunity for immediate use of newly acquired job skills, and an active way to learn social skills. Students receive school-based career exploration opportunities, job readiness curriculum support, support with résumé building, career assessments, referrals to California Department of Rehabilitation services, employment resources, and more.

Business Partners

A wide variety of local businesses were recognized for providing employment and other workforce preparation assistance to students in SCOE’s WorkAbility/Transition Partnership “school-to-world” program. Partners this year included:

  • Ace Hardware (Galt)
  • Bright Learning
  • Burnside Coffee Bar
  • City of Galt (Public Works)
  • CVS (Galt)
  • CVS (Sacramento Club Center)
  • Denny's (Galt)
  • Dry Creek Golf Course
  • Eskaton (Roseville)
  • Estralita Café
  • Falling Prices
  • Fifth Street Salon
  • Galt Chamber of Commerce
  • Galt Kabobs & Gyros
  • Galt Library
  • Galt Market
  • Galt Rock & Asphalt Products Inc.
  • Goodwill (Alta Arden)
  • Goodwill (W. Stockton)
  • Grizzly Hollow Head Start (SETA After School)
  • Grocery Outlet (Citrus Heights)
  • Grocery Outlet (Natomas)
  • Hope for Horses
  • L'Chaymin
  • Napa Auto Parts (Galt)
  • Papas & Wings
  • Plush Puppy Dog Grooming
  • Rio Vista High School (Custodial)
  • Rio Vista High School (Laundry)
  • Rio Vista Library
  • Robins Nest
  • Sheila's Country Rose
  • Shop Heroic
  • Smart & Final
  • West Coast Sourdough
Students in front of School to World sign

More than 700 students across Sacramento County participated in the program this year. Approximately 40 SCOE students were recognized at today’s ceremony.

Michael Kast, Nancy Herota, Lauren Roth, Shawn O’Briant, Mahavir Khalsa, and Bina Lefkovitz

Mahavir K. (in blue), a former student, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. He posed with (L–R) Executive Director Michael Kast, Deputy Superintendent Nancy Herota, Principal Lauren Roth, Vocational Specialist Shawn O’Briant, and Board Trustee Bina Lefkovitz.

Staff posing with student

SCOE staff congratulated students for their achievements as they learned valuable job skills. Many of the program participants will be graduating this month. 

Shawn O’Briant with framed certificates

Framed certificates, shown by Vocational Specialist Shawn O’Briant, helped to recognize the many local business partners who made the program a success this year.