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SouthTech Academy and Palm Beach School for Autism Partner on Unique Academic Program Focused on Career Exploration
BOYNTON BEACH, FL (Feb. 8, 2016) — SouthTech Academy (STA) and the Palm Beach School for Autism (PBSFA) have launched a pilot program, providing PBSFA students the opportunity to participate in career education classes at STA. The program, perhaps the first of its kind, is designed to offer PBSFA students the necessary social skills and career exploration to succeed in a professional setting.
“This innovative program offers significant benefits to students and teachers at both learning institutions,” said James “Jim” Kidd, president and CEO of SouthTech Academy. “We are pleased that students from PBSFA will be able to gain necessary exposure to appropriate and in-demand career education programs. In addition to this, educators from both schools will be able to expand their skill sets and experiences within this pioneering program.”
Students were selected for the program by a joint committee from PBSFA and STA. They will have the opportunity to engage with peers and teachers from both institutions, while attending classes in one of the STA academies, gaining real world knowledge and practical work experience. The ultimate outcome is for the students to begin their career exploration and be successful in the workplace.
“This unique experience provides students with autism the opportunity to explore jobs and learn about the many options available for employment and potential vocational careers,” said Ann Eisenberg, executive director of PBSFA. “We are excited to be working closely with SouthTech, their teaching staff and their students, who have already welcomed our students with great enthusiasm.”
PBSFA students have been paired with a student from STA and will take classes at STA twice a week. The participating students have received training, met and are already working together.
“We are pleased to see that a bonding relationship has already begun between students after only brief meetings through training and orientation,” said Jay Boggess, Director for SouthTech Schools. “We are looking forward to an even greater connection emerging during the next several months.”
SouthTech Academy’s core mission is to graduate students prepared for work, higher education, and productive citizenship. The school’s administration and faculty believe that every individual is entitled to the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential in life.
SouthTech Academy, serving youth in grades 9-12, is a tuition-free, State “A” rated charter school offering 13 career academies, providing hands-on career experience; honors, AP and dual enrollment classes; industry certifications and a high school diploma. SouthTech Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, and has a 94.8 percent graduation rate. SouthTech Academy was recently ranked on the list of “Best High Schools 2015” by U.S. News & World Report.
A tuition-free, public, charter school serving children from preschool through 12th grade on the autism spectrum, the Palm Beach School for Autism addresses the learning needs of the students who are served through individual education plans, highly trained teachers and therapists with a focus on independence. In addition to an academic education, children are schooled in the arts, technology, wood shop, French, athletics, vocational programming, social skills and daily living skills. Palm Beach School for Autism is located at 8480 Lantana Rd. Lake Worth, FL
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