Special Education - Work Experience Program

Work Experience Program "Working Together for Success"

The Work Experience Program has been in existence for over twenty years. It is designed to prepare intellectually disabled young adults to attain and maintain valuable work skills in the community. These skills are imperative for our students to help them gain competitive employment or to enter a sheltered workshop or other setting upon exiting high school. It also helps provide a smooth transition into the world of work. It is community/school based and provides students with non-paid, realistic vocational exploration in area businesses or in school during the students' regular school day.

Student Benefits

The student receives vocational experiences and training in both the school and the community settings. The realistic hands on instruction that the student receives as he/she progresses through the program helps to produce conscientious, eager and reliable workers and citizens. Students work directly with job coaches or site personnel.

Additional Information

We are proud to announce that we work at 14 different community job sites and one in school site. Being able to place students at a variety of community settings not only provides the students with the opportunities to increase their work skills but it also allows the use of generalization skills vital to students with intellectual disabilities. Select students have the opportunity to work at the Laskin Road Annex Food Service Program and/or Sugar Plum Bakery.

Job Sites

AC Moore
Beach Chemical and Paper
Burlington Coat Factory
Central Library
CiCi's PIzza
Farm Fresh
Food LionZ
Haynes Furniture Company
Laskin Road Annex/Sugar Plum****
Red, White, and Brew Café @ PA (In school)
Sentara Leigh Hospital
Sentara Nursing Home
Tidewater Valve and Fitting Company
TJ Maxx
TJ Maxx (London Bridge)