This year, supported employment programs from Lawrence Central and Lawrence North High Schools merged together at McKenzie Center for Innovation & Technology to better meet the employment needs of our exceptional learners. The Lawrence Township Supported Employment program is designed to employ exceptional learners at local businesses while providing training and job coach supports.
The goal of the Supported Employment Program is to provide students a successful transition from the world of school to the world of work. Throughout the program, students experience a variety of jobs in community business environments during their high school years. As a result, upon graduation, students leave high school with a strong foundation for employment.
Over 1,500 hours of volunteer work experiences through Work Based Learning have been logged to date this school year. Students volunteer their time at The Sharing Place
, Benjamin Harrision YMCA
, the Lawrence Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library
, Habitat for Humanity
, Commercial Foods, and Theatre at the Fort
. Over 650 hours of job shadowing work experience received for our students through local business partnerships. Businesses include Alibi’s
, Porter Books & Bread
, Subway, CVS, George’s Neighborhood Grill
, Buona Pizza, Shadeland Flower Shop
, Great Clips, Café Audrey
, SubZero, The Villages, and McAlister's Deli.
By the numbers:
82 percent of Work Study students are currently employed on paid job sites.
Avg. number of work hours per week for students in paid employment sites = 18.5
Avg. number of volunteer hours per week for students in volunteer sites = 9.5
Students are employed at 17 different area businesses. These businesses include AMC, TJ Maxx, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Lawrence Township After School Extension, Café Audrey, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald, Hindle Bowl, and the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Stop in to say thanks to our LT Supported Employment partners today!
Blog content supplied by Ms. Kelly DeCrane, Supported Employment Coordinator