WEC
Westchester Exceptional Children's School
520 Route 22 North Salem NY 10560
Vocational Department

Work Activities Center 

The Work Activities Center is a pre-vocational readiness program offering a logical and sequential system for developing the fundamental skills and work habits needed for real life job opportunities.
 
The Work Activities Center attempts to increase skill, increase rate, or improve a behavior specific to the community training site or job site at which a student may work in the future.
 
   * Students must acquire a wide range of work-or-life related skills to secure and maintain community-based jobs when they graduate.
   * Work activities provide the students a wide variety of opportunities. We work on ways to increase a student's work tolerance and       attention to task.
   * By simulating work tasks, students are able to receive additional training on specific problematic task components.
   * Learning specific work skills at an early age facilities the transition into community-based vocational training program.

WEC Cafe

Students between the ages of 14-21 participate in the WEC Café. A systematic approach is used for the training experience:
 
   * Identifying food-related careers.
   * Describing and demonstrating skills and/or educational requirements for food-related careers.
   * Differentiating between positive and negative aspects of food-related careers.
   * Performing those tasks necessary for the career or careers they choose.
   * Cash register skills.!
School-Based Programs
 
Each student involved in the school-based program works with a Job Coach. This is the intermediate step from the work activities centre to STAIRS (Students Transitional Adjustment Independently Reaching Success). The training parallels specific community job site skills/activities.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
STAIRS (Students Transitional Adjustment Independently Reaching Success) Community 
 
STAIRS is community-based vocational training program providing a hands-on approach to showing the students what real work at a real job site is all about. By participating in community-based instruction, students are able to learn a variety of job skills and develop employments interests based on real work experiences.
 
   * We strive for independence; offering age-appropriate activities and giving individuals an opportunity to demonstrate excellent       productivity.
   * We encourage learning in a natural environment and provide regular, well-planned training in a community environment specifically for each student (including community business).
   * We focus on classroom activities that improve performance at the community work site.
   * We integrate students with non-disabled workers, supervisors and customers.
   * We provide our students with the necessary guidance, knowledge, skills, concepts, and attitudes for job survival and success in the       world of work.
   * We evaluate student progress under natural conditions.
   * The outcome of our program will be to develop those skills necessary for successful assimilation into the adult world of employment       and community living.
 

The Model Apartment

WEC is proud to offer our students access to a fully functional modern living facility. Representing a typical apartment or group-home environment, this real world dwelling will not only help students fulfill part of the academic curriculum, but will also help prepare students for independent living when they graduate. A variety of Life-Skills activities are performed on a daily basis. Some examples are as followed:
   
   *  Clothing - washing, drying, folding, buttoning, zippering, seasons
   *  Food - nutrition, food groups, following recipes, kitchen safety, cooking, measuring, mixing, shopping, using appliances (stove,                   microwave, mixers) peeling, cutting, dish washer, hand washing / drying dishes, related videos
   *  Cleaning - washing floors, counters, vacuuming, bathrooms, dusting, caring for plants, making beds, windows
   *  Recycling - some children travel thru-out the school collecting all recyclable materials

Gardening

WEC School’s newest venture is the gardening program. Our students get a hands-on education on where their food comes from. They also learn vocational skills which might be applied to various aspects of their lives. Our students all learn different responsibilities that go along with caring for their garden, including watering, planting, starting seeds, weeding, using tools, composting, and harvesting. Every student gets the opportunity to participate in the garden throughout the week.
 
Each year we start our own vegetable and flower plants which the children care for in the school garden. This year we hope to beat last season’s harvest of tomatoes, squash, lettuce and other crops. In addition to growing our vegetables, we will also be operating a farm market this year which will be open to the public.