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Joliet Central High School AVAC students practice essential job skills through community service

May 4, 2017 09:03 AM

April 27th was a monumental day for students enrolled in Joliet Central High School's Adaptive Vocational and Academic Center (AVAC), a program that prepares students with developmental disabilities for a successful transition into adult life. On that day, students completed the job program for the 2016-2017 school year, during which they enjoyed working in the community to practice job skills while also completing community service hours.

AVAC teacher Shelley Clark’s class completed this excellent experience at Shiloh MB Church with pastor Richard D. House in Lockport, IL. Each week the students visited Shiloh Church and practiced essential job skills such as sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, washing windows, dusting, and organizing items. In turn, the students were rewarded with “Clark’s Cash” to purchase items in Clark’s “classroom store”.

Clark said, “It may not seem big to most but this was an incredible experience for my students. The students have all grown tremendously by completing this real world work experience.”

The students indeed took pride in working at Shiloh Church. When asked what students learned and liked about the experience, student Jasmine Brown said, “I learned how to work at a job. I had a lot of fun!”

The AVAC program includes a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on community experiences, vocational preparation, independent living skills, functional academics, communication and daily living skills. These independent living skills are taught both in the classroom and in natural settings throughout the community.  The job program fits directly into the curriculum and provides a relevant educational experience for the students.






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