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