Students, employers recognized at 2019 LIVE Celebration

Students, employers recognized at 2019 LIVE Celebration
Posted on 04/25/2019
Students, employers, and educators came together for the 17th Annual LIVE (Leander Independent Vocational Education) celebration at the Twin Lakes YMCA in Cedar Park on Wednesday, April 24. This year's theme was, "Aim High." 

Each year, in connection with LISD Vocational and SELF Services, the event celebrates students with disabilities and their employers. LISD's Work-Based Learning (WBL) and Supported Employment programs partner with employers in the LISD community to provide a learning environment for LISD students to grow their skills and independence, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a paid job or permanent volunteer placement. Additionally, the event celebrates Vocational and SELF teachers, job coaches and transportation staff who make the programs possible.

"It takes a community that believes in the abilities of all students and provides sites to have rich employment experiences," said Matt Smith, LISD Chief of Staff. "I want to say as a parent and staff member, one of the most amazing things that I see is, over 17 years, our community at Leander ISD has pulled together to provide learning experiences that go beyond the classroom."

One-hundred and fifty students from six LISD high schools are in 18+ transition services that participate in vocational education. The program counts with 147 community partners from 45 inclusive employers providing day work to students in the district as well as 102 inclusive business partners that offer work-based learning and volunteer opportunities for students. With the support of 19 LIVE drivers and monitors and 35 job coaches LISD students connect to these opportunities regularly.

Special thanks to the Cedar Park 1431 Chick-fil-A store for providing lunch.

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