An off campus transition career program encourages socials skills among special education students ages 18-21.Â For them it’s more than job skills; social skills enable them to get a job and succeed in the workforce.
Teacher Tom Flaherty of theÂ New Haven Public Schools Off-Campus Classroom program believes that taking a positive tone in their speech can influence his students’ actions.Â âLetâs talk about inflection,â he said recently to seven students. âHow can you say, âIâm going to work todayâ in a positive way?â
The students are based atÂ Yale New Haven Hospitalâs St. Raphael campus. They are among the 42 students overall participating in the program.
âThe goal was to get them out of high school and to focus on skills, like on-the-job training,â said Mark Caruso, the districtâs transitional vocational coordinator. âIâll swear by this model any day for special needs students; itâs reliable.â
The students at theÂ YNHH St. Raphael site learn about customer service, labor laws, and HIPAA laws protecting patient privacy. The program enrollment has nearly doubled in the past ten years.
Students also work atÂ Advanced Nursing & Rehabilitation, Gateway Community College and the Adult Education Center.