On May 18, the Transition Services department hosted its annual WorkAbility I Recognition Breakfast in honor of the achievements made by special education students from around the district.

Designed to help bridge the gap between high school and the working world, WorkAbility I provides students with opportunities for job shadowing, work experience and ongoing support from vocational personnel.

During the event, guests tearfully watched videos featuring each student as they shared their work experiences, accomplishments, inspirations, dreams and goals. Students were presented with medals and certificates in recognition of their outstanding performance in achieving transition goals, excellence in area of self-advocacy, positive attitude and perseverance.

“When you look around the room, you really get to see all that goes into supporting our students,” Director of Special Education, Doug Siembieda, told guests. “It’s not just the teachers, but it’s all of you — the different agencies that work with our students and more importantly, the families who provide support to the students as they are preparing to move outside of high school and enter the real world.”

For more information on WorkAbility I, please visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/sr/wrkabltyi.asp.