Kewaunee County High Schools: Kewaunee, Luxemburg-Casco, Algoma, WI

The Kewaunee “K-Town Storm”, Luxemburg-Casco “Spartans” and the Algoma “Wolves”

In the 3 districts in Kewaunee County, several students have been hired in paid positions at the Goodwill Store in Green Bay. One participating student had planned to go to a sheltered workshop after graduation, but is now planning to seek a job in the community. Another student hopes to secure an internship or paid work experience by next fall, and a third student is exploring job interests.

The three schools’ goals are to plan for employment-related activities for students with I/DD over this coming summer; incorporate additional inclusive opportunities for students next year; work closely with DVR and county staff to develop more flexible funding for students prior to, during, and after transition; and, create job shadowing and business tour opportunities for students with disabilities.

School staff have begun setting up business tours, Discovery is just beginning to happen with pilot students and they are working hard on setting up an inclusion model with regular education and special education teachers.  The schools hosted a breakfast with local business and community leaders to provide information about the benefits of community integrated employment. They are working closely with the Door/Kewaunee Business Partnership.

The Kewaunee County schools have developed 2 videos highlighting accomplishments from their project.  Hear from youth, parents, teachers and employers about why hiring youth with disabilities is great for business!