Work-Based Learning

  • During the students Transition Program experience, the work based learning component focuses on evaluating and training students with disabilities with transferable employability or community involvement skills following the Transition Program.  Classroom instruction, along with community partnership participation enable students to gain invaluable experience in real world settings as they learn transferable skills (also known as soft skills) that are applicable in a multitude of settings.  The focus is not on specific skills in each setting, but how those skills are utilized in multiple settings and how to navigate the various expectations expected for employment and community involvement. 

Work-Based Learning Sites

  • We are extremely proud of our partners who allow our students an opportunity to gain valuable work-based learning skills. We hope that we will be able to get back to in-person and community based instruction soon at the following sites:

    • Clearbrook - Wright Home
    • FitNation
    • Hair Cuttery 
    • Honey Orthodontics 
    • Marshalls/Home Goods
    • Quest Food Management
    • Simon Group
    • Sparrow's Nest
    • Target 
    • TJMaxx

    In addition, we connect with the community through volunteer opportunities at the locations listed below:

    • COOL Pantry
    • Bernie's Book Bank
    • Feed My Starving Children
    • Northern Illinois Food Bank
    • PADS 
    • Safe Harbor Humane Society
    • Sunrise Assisted Living
    • Twice as Nice, Mother and Baby
    • Lake Coutny Haven
    • Love Inc.

    Until it is safe to return to the community, the students will continue to work on tasks that may be included in these job training and volunteer sites.