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WCWC Helps Students Gain Job Skills

Story from Weatherford College Wise County Facebook Page:
 
For the last five months, the Weatherford College Wise County Campus has enjoyed having students from the Wise County Special Education Cooperative (sponsored by the Bridgeport ISD) on its campus twice a week. Life skills teachers Cassidee Heath and Stella Jennings started the program this school year to provide job skills to students who have earned all of their high school credits. The goal is to learn skills that can lead the students into a part- or full-time employment opportunity in the community upon graduation.

While on the campus, the students practice cleaning tables, windows, water fountains, door handles, whiteboards, and railings. They clean the various lounges, keep the campus grounds free of trash, and refill paper towel dispensers throughout the building. According to Cassidee Heath, “This experience has made our students more aware of messes around us. They will now point out, when we are at other job sites and in the classroom, if something needs to be cleaned. One thing that we worked on last week was on the topic of taking initiative. This has worked out really well. Now the students are beginning to take initiative and clean without being told how to do it or what to do.”

Cassidee continued, “I personally am so thankful for the opportunity that Weatherford College Wise County has given us. The kids love it, and we are able to practice so many skills at one location. Claudia's favorite part is saying hi to everyone (especially Dr. Matt Joiner, the WCWC Dean) and getting to visit with new and old friends on the campus. She also likes to make sure that the lounges are clean for all of the professors. Bailey has grown so much in helping his peers when he sees that they are struggling. Cody enjoys being in public and interacting with others while improving on his work skills. Janeth has enjoyed doing everything. She has improved so much overall! We are so thankful for WCWC."

"The truth is, the faculty, staff, and students at WCWC are equally as thankful to have these smiling, hardworking, and encouraging faces on our campus. We're honored to have them as a part of the growing WCWC family," remarked Joiner.
— with Marty Ringley Sherman and Tony Hurtt.