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ARC Broward cel­e­brated its third School of HIRE Ed­u­ca­tion grad­u­at­ing class at Sunrise Civic Cen­ter.

The School of HIRE Ed­u­ca­tion is an op­por­tu­nity for Broward County stu­dents with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties, ages 18-22, to ob­tain ca­reer ed­u­ca­tion, com­mu­nity-based in­struc­tion and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing skills. As a unique op­tion for post-sec­ondary stu­dents, the school pro­vides stu­dents with op­por­tu­ni­ties to pre­pare them for a ca­reer af­ter high school. The stu­dents are pre­sented with four vo­ca­tional track choices: culi­nary arts, elec­tron­ics re­cy­cling, child and/or el­der care, and of­fice/cler­i­cal work.

This year’s grad­u­ates each read per­sonal re­marks about their ex­pe­ri­ence in the pro­gram, high­light­ing their fa­vorite parts and their hopes for job place­ment.

Luis Gar­cia, man­ager of Big Lots in Hol­ly­wood, was awarded the Com­mu­nity-Based In­struc­tion Busi­ness of the Year Award. Gar­cia has been a huge sup­porter of the pro­gram and has signed his store on as a sum­mer in­tern­ship site for ARC Broward’s YouthLinks pro­gram. Other lo­cal busi­nesses that took part in the pro­gram this year in­clude Chili’s (Sunrise, Plan­ta­tion); Com­fort Suites (Tamarac); Butta Kutz Bar­ber Shop; Wal­greens (Tamarac); CVS (Plan­ta­tion); ARC Broward’s Elec­tron­ics Re­cy­cling Cen­ter; and ARC Broward’s Culi­nary In­sti­tute. These busi­nesses helped to pro­vide prac­ti­cal on-the-job train­ing for the stu­dents. The School of HIRE Ed­u­ca­tion is pri­mar­ily funded by the School Board of Broward County. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 954-746-9400.

Stu­dents per­form at ARC Broward’s School of HIRE Ed­u­ca­tion grad­u­a­tion

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