Students ages 14 and older engage in activities designed to enhance their independent living skills and explore various careers. They also visit community settings they are likely to encounter in their lives after high school.
Job sampling allows students to build a résumé and identify potential references for future employment, sampling three or four job settings over the course of the school year. Staff transport students to job settings and accompany them during the work period.
High school students volunteer at local organizations or businesses once or twice a week. Volunteer opportunities include assisting in classrooms at The Providence Center School, or working in community businesses such as hardware stores, bakeries, florists, greenhouses, mail handling facilities or soup kitchens.
Visits to community businesses provide an additional opportunity for students to experience the workplace. Accompanied by staff, visits include the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Providence Public Safety Building, art galleries, museums, Community College of Rhode Island and New Urban Arts (an afterschool arts program). Students learn to navigate the RIPTA bus system during these trips.
Small group instruction occurs on topics such as: