Howard County Public School System in Maryland has a work study program that provides opportunities for students with disabilities at all levels who are certificate-bound.
At 19, Craig Knill has a varied work experience. Over the past four years, he has worked for libraries, at bookstores as a custodian and as a clerical worker in the offices of the Howard County Council.
It’s all part of a work-study transition program through the Howard County Public School System and numerous community partners that helps prepare students such as Knill, a senior at Glenelg High School, for life after school.
The work-study transition program is for students with disabilities, from the mild to the profound, whether they’re bound for a diploma or a certificate of completion, said Dawson Robertson, program head for work study and lead transition coordinator for the Howard County Public School System.
“This is providing students with disabilities the opportunity to transition to adult life, about lifting barriers,” he said.