Community Entry Services was recognized as one employer participating in the RHS IDEAL Work Program. (Susan Abernathy, RHS Journalism Club)

By: Susan Abernathy RHS Journalism Club

The IDEAL (Individual Development of Educational Ability Level) Work Program is designed to provide opportunities for students with developmental disabilities to learn valuable skills while working for businesses in the community. The IDEAL students participate in a wide variety of work activities striving to meet IEP (Individualized Education Program) goals and objectives. Students learn through hands on experiences, discussions, explorations and oral/written practice that can’t be taught in the classroom.

The IDEAL work students have been shown real world opportunities, positive work ethic, and work practices. The students have learned to work with supervisors, coworkers and customers in the community, follow directions, keep track of their wages, log hours worked, follow a schedule and refer to work checklists.

The RHS IDEAL Work program held its annual Employer Appreciation Ceremony at the Sundowner Station this past Tuesday, May 13. The current employers and employees are: Rebecca Root working at CES, Brandon Nebel and Tyler Campsey working at CWC, Jacob Bourne working at McDonald’s and Riverton Country Club, Raven Lunsford working at Small World Daycare and CES, Kelsie Wood working at Sundowner Station and CES, Shane Cook working at Hammer Electronics and Austin Chavez working at CWC and Teton Athletic Club.

An Employer Appreciation Ceremony for the RHS IDEAL Program was held Tuesday at the Sundowner. (Susan Abernathy, RHS Journalism Club)

An Employer Appreciation Ceremony for the RHS IDEAL Program was held Tuesday at the Sundowner. (Susan Abernathy, RHS Journalism Club)

Employers supporting the IDEAL Program were recognized on Tuesday. (Susan Abernathy, RHS Journalism Club)

Employers supporting the IDEAL Program were recognized on Tuesday. (Susan Abernathy, RHS Journalism Club)