Easton Area High School student and Via participant, Austin, loves working with the students at Lehigh Children's Academy, Via's inclusive early-learning center.
Austin is currently completing a paid work experience at LCA, where he is learning the basics of childcare. The experience is part of Via's School-to-Work transition program that operates in partnership with local school districts and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
The program assists high school students with disabilities explore careers of interest by creating a personalized employment plan and preparing students for post-high school opportunities.
Austin's favorite part of working at LCA is the kids.
“I really like working with toddlers,” he says. “They’re so cute.”
Austin also likes the feedback he receives from his job coach, who assists him in developing independent work behaviors and habits so he can reach his employment goals.
Learn more about our School-to-Work Transition program on our website. Any business that would like to partner with Via to provide work experiences for high school students with disabilities, please contact Alivia Sinko, Director of Community Employment Services at A.Sinko@vianet.org.