A vocational program with a difference has special needs students baking for their future.
Young adults gather in an industrial kitchen and under the guidance of an experienced third generation baker they learn all the skills to change a recipe into a baked treat.
The students are part of a vocational program and receiving training for adults with disabilities in baking. But lessons for this group have not always been successful. This experience is different. In about a year, they will have mastered critical life skills and memorized concepts, and will be ready for a workplace.
This time it will be a workplace that values their skills and appreciates their differences.
“From a technical standpoint, everybody is learning a skill. But more than that, this is truly an incredible opportunity for all of our students to be able to participate in the major activity of every adult’s life, which is to go to work,” said Robin Matusow, counselor and coordinator of the baking program. “Just about every one of our students has either been unsuccessful in traditional training or unsuccessful at a job site, but not only for lack of skills, but lack of acceptance in society in general.’’