Willow Valley Work Immersion Program is a High School Transition Program designed to prepare students with disabilities for competitive employment after graduation.
In 2010, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 partnered with Willow Valley Communities to develop the Willow Valley Work Immersion Program (WIP). The Willow Valley WIP focuses on helping young adults with disabilities make a successful transition from school to productive adult life. This unique one-year immersion program serves students with disabilities who are in their last year of high school. With the goal of competitive employment, each student receives classroom instruction and hands-on experience through internships in as many as four departments within the Willow Valley Communities.
There is a classroom in the Manor building and residents often comment on the yellow school buses they see on the Manor Campus. Through their work immersion experiences, students develop employability, social, and independent living skills.
The 2017 graduating students prepared portfolio boards that include photos, descriptions of their internships, employment, future plans, strengths, and experiences while here at Willow Valley. Boards were displayed in the Manor library and Lakes inner lobby this week and Residents had the opportunity to stop by and meet some of the students and take a look at what they have accomplished over this past school year.
Willow Valley enjoys the opportunity to partner with the teachers, job trainers and students that are involved in this program. We have even hired several students to be employees here at Willow Valley Communities.
By Patty Pasquino, Employment Coordinator/Recruiter