Work-Based Learning

The Work-Based Learning Program in real world job settings is an integral part of the transition program at St. Elizabeth School. The Wright Center for Transition Services at SES has five full-time staff members who help students develop the skills they will need to obtain and keep jobs in their home communities. This important process begins upon enrollment and continues throughout their tenure at SES.

While in school, SES students are provided with:

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  • Hands-on work-based learning opportunities running a variety of microbusinesses including the SES Artisans, Horticulture, and
    the DaiSES store

  • Access to community-based internships through a large network of business partners

  • Job coaching support on and off campus as students develop the work-related skills, communication skills, behaviors, and attitudes required to become successful working adults.


Students participate in a broad variety of work-based learning experiences that assist them in:

  • Exploring their job preferences

  • Learning how to meet employer expectations

  • Developing the social skills to relate appropriately to others in a work environment

  • Developing marketable and transferable job skills

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Students enrolled in the high school program work on or off campus one to three days per week. Many of our middle school students are also working on campus one to three periods per week to prepare them for the half- or full-day work-based learning program once they transition to the high school. Internship placements change twice a year to give each student a rich variety of work-based learning experiences and an opportunity to learn transferable job skills. By graduation day, the culmination of work-based learning experiences and job skills training results in SES graduates who are prepared to enter the world as productive, contributing adults.

For more information about the Work-based Learning Program, please contact the program lead, Kelsie Riegel Morgan at kmorgan@stelizabeth-school.org.

Current or Previous Business Partners

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