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Special Needs Students Practice Interviewing Skills With Local Businesses

4/26/2019, 6 a.m.
The High Road Schools of Maryland and Delaware, part of the Catapult Learning family of schools, hosted a mock interview ...
Student with director of High Road School of Delaware, Louis Guertin Courtesy Photos/High Road Schools of Maryland and Delaware

— Getting a job is tough work. It can be especially challenging for individuals with special needs, who may need more intensive resources, preparation and assistance in jumpstarting the process. The staff at the High Road Schools are determined to give their students that extra push they need to succeed.

On March 10, 2019, students from area special needs schools came together for a fun, yet challenging event aimed at bolstering their interviewing skills and job preparedness.

Activities for the day also included a presentation on interview guidelines and sample questions, as well as practice interview sessions, where students rotated stations and spoke with representatives from different businesses.

Participating students came from the High Road Schools of Maryland, which include Anne Arundel, Hartford, Baltimore and Cecil counties, as well as High Road Schools of Delaware, which include Southern Delaware and New Castle County.

Students of High Road School of Delaware in front of Foodliner Trucking vehicle. Representatives from Foodliner Trucking shared information about their accupations with the students participating in the event.

Students of High Road School of Delaware in front of Foodliner Trucking vehicle. Representatives from Foodliner Trucking shared information about their accupations with the students participating in the event.

High Road Schools serve students in grades K-12 with exceptionalities, including but not limited to autism, ADHD, traumatic brain injuries and other diagnoses.

In addition to the exercises, students also got the opportunity to network with potential employers.

Representatives from Foodliner Trucking, Shoprite, Chick-fil-a, as well as a local registered nurse and small business owner shared information on their occupations.

Faculty and staff are confident that the event will have a lasting effect on the students as they prepare for graduation and post-high school employment.