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Millburn High Students Receive Hands-On Job Training

The school's Structured Learning Experience Program partners with a number of area companies to teach students life skills.

Claire D'Alessio receives her certificate for participation in SLE's from Roger Askins. (Contributed photo)
Claire D'Alessio receives her certificate for participation in SLE's from Roger Askins. (Contributed photo)
The Millburn High School Life Skills students, along with parents, staff and community partners, celebrated on June 10 their year of participation in job training through the MHS Structured Learning Experiences and Community Based Instruction programs.  

These programs give the students an opportunity to further develop skills that they will need for their post-high school life.  Throughout the school year the students train with staff at different community partners and businesses to learn a variety of tasks.  During the awards ceremony, the students thanked representatives from local businesses for the opportunities that they were given, ranging from working at the bakery at Shoprite, hosting at Charlie Browns, stocking shelves at TJ Maxx, cleaning, office work and much more to learn many new skills.  

"I enjoyed doing the bakery at ShopRite, hosting at Charlie Browns, stocking shelves at TJ Maxx and all of my other trainings," Claire D'Alessio staid.

"Thank you for letting me train at your businesses," another student, Dolly Ravishankar, said. "I enjoyed cleaning, working with customers, doing office work and learning many new skills."  

Millburn High School's Structured Learning Experience Program partners with the following companies:  Aramark, American Red Cross, Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill, CVS Millburn, Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, La Strada, Millburn Fire Department, Millburn Board of Education, New Eyes for the Needy, Overlook Hospital, Wakefern Corporation, Papermill Playhouse, Spectrum Works, Summit YMCA, St Rose of Lima, Superkids and Yo Addiction.  

These companies provide hands on, real world learning experiences for our students.  The program is supervised by Roger Askins the Transition Coordinator at Millburn High School.  Mr. Askins explains “In addition to on-the-job training, students in the Transition program receive preparation in a variety of life skills including, but not limited to domestic skills, financial planning, social skills and career planning.”

The Community Based Instruction part of the program is designed for students to gain skills that they will need to function in the community.  Students practice skills in the classroom and apply them in real world settings like grocery stores, pizza places, shopping centers, YMCA and other community placements.  This program is run by Michele Acitelli.

“As we are always looking to improve the options for our students, any businesses that would be willing to assist with job training may contact me at 973-564-7130, x 379," Askins said.

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