Euclid Schools families,
Our jobs as educators aren’t only to prepare students for graduation but also to prepare them for life.
That’s the kind of work being done daily at Cuyahoga East Vocational Education Consortium (CEVEC). CEVEC partners with Euclid and other districts to educate special education students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
Euclid High School transition coordinator/VOSE Kevin Keating and Joyce Brouman, program developer/assessment intake coordinator at CEVEC, introduced me to the program this past week.
CEVEC teaches job and life skills to about 250 juniors and seniors, including about 20 students from Euclid High School. They build programs around students’ needs and help students identify their interests and strengths.
Students develop critical work behaviors known as “power standards” by working at more than 100 business partner locations including Dave’s Supermarket and Burlington in Euclid.
Students’ needs continue to evolve and so does CEVEC. The program operates a community living skills program that teaches students daily living skills. Meanwhile, CEVEC’s Career Opportunity Academy offers short- and long-term courses that help students earn industry-recognized credentials. That puts them on one of the state-recognized pathways to graduation.
Along with work skills, Mr. Keating talked about how it gives students confidence.
“It empowers students into believing there is something they can do,” he said.
That confidence helps students find success in life.
Thank you to Mr. Keating, Mrs. Brouman and CEVEC for the work they do to prepare our students for their future.
Similar efforts to teach job and life skills are taking place at Euclid High School. Students in the school’s multiple disabilities classroom run a coffee shop named Wake Me Up Wednesday. Each Wednesday morning, they sell coffee, tea, water, hot cocoa, bananas and biscotti to staff and students.
Students learn vocational, problem-solving, math and social skills. They also get to interact with staff and other students.
Tina Schneider, who runs the program with Ashley George, said a coffee shop is ideal because it is a job that the students could do in real-life. A made-up job, she said, would not give real-world skills.
She complimented the staff for being warm and receptive as students continue to learn new skills at the start of the school year. The high school staff has warmly embraced Wake Me Up Wednesdays, which is off to another successful start of the school year.
These types of programs are examples of what I mean when I talk about preparing all of children for success. I appreciate the work our teachers and staff do to engage all students.
I look forward to sharing more with you in the future about how we meet the needs of students.