Job Training & FIRST

The Job Training and FIRST Programs provides students with special needs with an opportunity to learn and practice valuable work skills that will transfer to any work setting.  Job Training students attend various worksites within their communities, while students in the FIRST Program explore various positions in a hospital, restaurant and hotel setting.  Students will work with instructors, job coaches and/or school aides in both programs, with the goal of performing work tasks as independently as possible.  Students are selected through teacher or counselor recommendation and previous work evaluations/observations (if applicable).

  • Communications Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Following Directions
  • Physical & Mental Stamina
  • Work Speed
  • Work Quality
  • Staying on Task
  • Time Management
  • Soft Skills

Entry level work opportunities are available at a wide variety of local businesses for students who are able to work independently.  Initial supports may be available for students as they begin working if they are receiving services from agencies such as, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and/or County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  Past students have gained employment in the retail, food and manufacturing industries.