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District 58 partners with District 99 to provide work-training experience


District 58 has joined the roster of work-training partners supporting the Transition 99 program at Community High School District 99.

Transition 99 is designed to prepare students with disabilities, who already have completed four years of traditional high school at Downers Grove North or South, for work and daily living. The emphasis is on independent living skills such as cooking, budgeting, shopping and working, with a major focus on vocational skills.

This school year, Transition 99 student Bryan Kato participated in a work-training internship with El Sierra School custodian Emma Moncure.

Job coaches came onsite at the beginning of his internship, and by the time he was partway through the year he was working exclusively with the El Sierra team. Bryan assisted with a variety of tasks throughout the school year, including transferring copy paper from the stage to the copy room, cleaning doors and windows, taking out the recycling, and cleaning bathrooms. His internship was so successful that he interviewed and was hired as part of the summer work crew at El Sierra.

Transition 99 Vocational Coordinators Kim Jaros and Mike DellaMaria said they are grateful to District 58 and El Sierra for partnering with the program and providing such a valuable experience for Bryan.

“Bryan did very good work, and he truly became part of the El Sierra team,” said El Sierra Principal Lucille Carney. “We were pleased to be able to support Bryan and the Transition 99 program through this work-training internship.”

Other Transition 99 community partners include the Downers Grove Park District, the Downers Grove Public Library, the Westmont Park District, and numerous local businesses.

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