Berkeley County’s Work Exploration Program celebrated their 12th Recognition Reception Wednesday morning.
141 students were honored along with the 158 businesses for participating in the program. The program is designed for special education students in Berkeley County High Schools to gain workplace experience, confidence and communication skills. And, the results seem to be quite clear.
“My son’s lives might’ve been probably a lot harder because I don’t think they would’ve gotten the experience they needed to get these jobs, so ii think they did great,” said Mother of three Exploration Students Iva Kyne. “Believe me, it has really, really helped them a lot, brought them a long way– a way they wouldn’t have gone if they didn’t have the Work Exploration.”
There wasn’t an empty seat in the house, and local business owners said they were glad to celebrate alongside the exploration students.
“We’ve been involved for a lot of years and they are excellent.” said Owner of “The Hair Cut Place” Tracey Burkhart. “They come out of their shell. When they first come here they’re a little shy so we try to get them out of their shell. We have a great time with them and have seen them grow, it’s a great time.”
“Very positive experience, we have a young man named Jacob come in and helps out around the office,” said Executive Director of Berkeley County Schools Transportation J.R. Hollen. “I just think it brings out everybody’s positivity that we get to influence and be a part of a student’s life and possibly with a career path.”
Work Exploration’s class of 2019 graduated 41 seniors Wednesday morning and those students said they are eager to jump right into the working community.