Cocalico students have S.K.I.L.L.S

By on November 4, 2015

The Cocalico High School Learning Support Department has introduced a new program called S.K.I.L.L.S.

S.K.I.L.L.S stands for Self-Advocacy, Knowledge, Independence, Learning, Living, and Success. It is a work-based learning program focusing on preparing students to enter the work force by teaching them the necessary skills to obtain and retain employment.

Photo by Preston Whitcraft Cocalico students participating in the S.K.I.L.L.S program are front row (from left) Alissa Kaeser, Nathan Frey, and Kayla Boyer; second row (from left) Andy Kreamer, Kayla Wolf, Ashton Sweigart, and Brielle Strause; third row (from left) Ethan Rodgers, Alyssa Broomell, and Sara Miller; and rear row (from left) Kelly Yeager, Liz Shaffer, Brianne Fritz, Stacy Pinkerton, and Paulette Holbritter.

Photo by Preston Whitcraft
Cocalico students participating in the S.K.I.L.L.S program are front row (from left) Alissa Kaeser, Nathan Frey, and Kayla Boyer; second row (from left) Andy Kreamer, Kayla Wolf, Ashton Sweigart, and Brielle Strause; third row (from left) Ethan Rodgers, Alyssa Broomell, and Sara Miller; and rear row (from left) Kelly Yeager, Liz Shaffer, Brianne Fritz, Stacy Pinkerton, and Paulette Holbritter.

S.K.I.L.L.S. is designed for students in grades 10-12. This class takes place during the third and fourth block of each day. Students are issued uniforms and are expected to change into them every day, whether they go out on work crews or not. They are held accountable by filling out their own timesheets and self evaluations.

Students either volunteer and/or work for pay in the community three to five days per week.

They have assisted staff at the Denver Fair by assembling trash/recycling receptacles and placing them around the park, as well as watering the flowers and exhibition plants.

At Free Geek in Ephrata, they volunteer to disassemble donated electronics including, but not limited to, computers, key board,s and modems.

S.K.I.L.L.S students are responsible for a wide range of tasks at Second Street Consignment in Denver. In addition to sorting and hanging clothes, they clean the store and displays.

At Colonial Lodge, students help residents by playing games, cleaning tables and living spaces, and painting nails.

S.K.I.L.L.S students and teachers are always looking for more opportunities to help local businesses. In addition to working out in the community, students also take on tasks within the school that help the Athletic Program and many others.

The class takes several educational, career-oriented field trips throughout the school year.

S.K.I.L.L.S students visited Ephrata National Bank where a bank representative provided a tour of the bank, including the vault. Students were able to role-play making a deposit and engaged in discussions on different banking terms and processes.

The focus of the program is to prepare students for life after school. The goal is to provide them with as many real-life experiences as possible so they are equipped for “every day” living on their own, holding down a job and a household and all things that go along with that.

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