New Program Helping Students With Disabilities

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The classroom acts as a stepping stone for students with disabilities.

"All of these young adults have a desire to be independent, to be productive citizens in our community. They want paid jobs, they want apartments of their own and they want to live like a young adult should live," said Bobbye McNish, Transition Program Instructor.

Tallahassee's Lively Vocational Technical Center is making all of this possible through a Transition Program offering courses to prepare students for the workforce.

"I needed help doing what I needed to do, and they help you do that and be more comfortable being on your own and independent with your lives," said Kelly Jacobson, who hopes to become a chef.

Adults age 18 to 22 years old with a special needs high school diploma are referred to the program.

Ricky Rudolph struggles with poor hearing. He says he wants to work with computers, but didn't have the correct skills to pursue his dream until he came to Lively.

"I didn't know as much as I used to about computers," said Ricky Rudolph, learning about computer programs.

Some students are gaining their experience by helping others.

"I help a lot of kids in here and with hairstyles and stuff. I show them how to groom themselves and keep themselves maintained," said Denitra Still, a barber student.

Most of these students have one goal in mind, to be independent.

"Take care of animals, be a veterinarian and do a good job," said Sarah Casillas, Transition Program Student.

It's goals like that the Transition Program hopes to help students achieve.

Some students also have the opportunity to volunteer with different agencies in the community, giving them a chance to beef up their resumes.