STUDENTS TALKING ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE
SCHOOL TO WORK
KING 5 STORY ON ACADEMY SUCCESS
The Transition Academy was recently featured on King 5, highlighting the success of the 2015 graduates. Check out the news story and video here:
Sharyn, Claire’s mother, distinctly recalls Claire’s fascination with office machines and comfort with structured tasks as a very young child. In fact, copy machines and laminators were used as motivators in Claire’s early therapy program. While at the Transition Academy, Claire learned to ride Metro independently and access activities in the community. The staff at the Transition Academy became aware that Claire preferred her own space and thrived in an office environment where she knew exactly what was expected of her versus working in a chaotic environment such as the food bank. With efforts from Toni at PROVAIL, Claire secured a position at Integrity Financial Corporation (IFC) where her list of tasks includes alphabetizing documents for filing, scanning documents, filling printers with paper, putting together packets of marketing materials, highlighting application booklets and her absolute favorite task: shredding. Colleagues at IFC are very supportive of Claire and help her learn tasks she is not familiar with. Jason, her job coach at PROVAIL remarks “Claire is a dedicated worker and a quick learner”. Claire’s goals are to work increased hours, interact with colleagues without support from Jason and learn more skills on the job.
Claire loves travel, swimming, roller coasters and riding Metro. She is happy being herself. One of her peers in kindergarten once remarked, “I wish I could be more like Claire, because then I would not care about being first all the time”.
Andrew Adams, from very early on wanted to be a chef like Emeril Lagasse. He had a deliberate way of handling kitchen equipment, recalls Kristin Adams, Andrew’s mother. With help from his first grade special education teacher, Andrew, in his chef’s uniform and baker’s hat did his first demo of baked cookies in the grade school cafeteria. He went on to do six additional demos through junior high and high school. Numbers and calculations gave him a hard time but adjusting quantities of ingredients in a recipe came naturally to him. Due to medical reasons, he was home for 3 years before he joined the Transition Academy. The staff at the Transition Academy enabled Andrew to overcome limited practical education by helping him learn and practice riding the metro, using a cash machine and handling money. With coaching provided by Toni Evans from PROVAIL, Andrew secured an internship as a bus boy at Fairwinds, a retirement home in Redmond, WA. Upon graduation, Andrew started working four days a week as prep chef with the Compass Group at Microsoft Dining. The chefs find Andrew to be an excellent worker. Initially, Teresa Zuniga from PROVAIL served as a bridge between Andrew and his manager. She pushed Andrew to advocate for himself until he got comfortable communicating with the manager himself. Andrew’s goals are to work more hours, move beyond prep cooking to other aspects of cooking, enroll in a culinary arts program at Lake Washington Technical College and eventually live independently.
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