Deaf Students are pursuing work and college, following opportunities they can explore at the Oregon School for the Deaf.
Nearly 30 students take classes in college prep or life skills programs, and also learn how to apply for jobs, housing, and get interviews. They take classes in math, writing and other classes through the Adult Transition Program, while participating in the school’s Work Experience Program. The Work Experience Program is for deaf youth between the ages of 18 and 21 who are high school graduates and yet unsure about the next step for them. It is a transition program.
After participating in the program, students continue at one of the few colleges for the deaf, or at Chemeketa Community College, or they look for work.
ATP teacher Katie Heise says that the part of teaching that she enjoys most is when she sees her students achieve success. She has hearing loss herself, and finds it important to show her students what other deaf people are capable of, and boost their confidence. “They say, ‘If he can do it, maybe I can do it too,’ ” she said.