HOLMEN, WI (WXOW)—Students with special needs are five times more likely to be employed after graduation if they have two or more paid jobs while they are in school.
Friday morning Holmen High School students with special needs got a job hunting practice during the Amazing Race to Employment.
Students started the day practicing interview skills with their classmates, then headed to different businesses in the community.
They introduced themselves to business owners, asked questions about the company and left with a job application.
Teachers hope this helps students with special needs skills they need to get their first job like eye contact, appropriate attire and being respectful.
"The goal is to get access to more businesses in the area," Jen Slusser, Transition Coordinator said. "Have our students go in and feel a little bit more comfortable talking about their ability and disability."
The Amazing Race to Employment was made possible through a statewide grant called Lets Get to Work. The grant is designed to increase competitive employment for students with disabilities.
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