Connecting Special Needs Students With Jobs That Utilize Their Unique Skills and Talents

Encore: April 08, 2015

Just after dawn, Brick Township High School students suit up for their work day at Harrogate Retirement Community.

“These are reliable employees. They know their job. They come in every day, they’re grateful for it,” said Brick Memorial High School Coordinator Tiffany Aguyo.

Zach Corduan and Giovanni Mancini are interns here. They’re part of the Brick Township School District’s Structured Learning Experience — a program for students with special needs.

“It was designed so we could get the students out into the community, get them real life experiences, job experience,” said Brick Township High School Coordinator Darla Novick.

What began with about 20 students has grown to 75 and now nearly 50 local businesses have joined. Giovanni and Zach are bused to this retirement community nearly every day of the week and work during the early morning hours.

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