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Special education advocates recognize employer

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The supervisor of a program that helps special education students land jobs recognized an employer that has taken a handful of apprentices aboard.

WorkAbility I Supervisor Deirdre Bishel met with Rancho San Miguel Market’s store manager Saul Mejia and grocery manager Nathan Padilla on Monday. Bishel presented the pair with a certificate of recognition and appreciation for supporting the WorkAbility I Program. Funded by Madera County Office of Education and run by Madera Unified School District, WorkAbility I is a training program designed to promote career awareness and exploration among special education students while they complete their secondary education.

It is administered by the California Department of Education’s Special Education Department and the Madera-Mariposa Special Education Local Plan.

Students in WorkAbility I are provided with opportunities such as job shadowing, paid and non-paid work experience as well as guidance and support from vocational personnel. Businesses also benefit, however, as they are met with screened students who are ready to learn, workers whose interest or skills match the employer’s needs and employees who are continually receiving support services, said Bishel...


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