ARC's School to Work program celebrates hard working students with ceremony

The ARC Oneida-Lewis chapter provides transition programs and services for students with disabilities, beyond their high school completion.

Posted: Jun 10, 2019 12:52 PM
Updated: Jun 10, 2019 3:57 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- More than 75 students, from 18 local districts are marking the end of a year of hard work.

The students, from Oneida and Herkimer counties attended the ARC's School to Work program's 11th End-of-the-Year ceremony.

The ARC Oneida-Lewis chapter provides transition programs and services for students with disabilities, beyond their high school completion.

Throughout the year, the students had job shadow positions, and internships around the area.

“They were much more prepared as they came through our program, and we really had them ready for what their next steps were. And the employers like that they had already gotten to know who they were, that they know the kind of quality staff they were hiring because they had seen them come through the schools,” said Jerry Switzer, the director of employment solutions.

Monday, the students celebrated with a moving up ceremony and graduation certificates with their families looking on.

The students ages ranged from 10 to 21.

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