School to Work

Learning and Working: Building Lifelong Skills

The School to Work Program targets High School Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors from all local NW Arkansas school districts who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability. The program is designed to help those students who might not otherwise enter a community college or technical school.

Students attend school classes that teach job related skills and preparation for entry into the workforce. These skills include:

  • Job etiquette and professionalism
  • Grooming and personal hygiene

Students receive consultation about job choices in the workshop as well as in the community. Students also receive information about other resources available to them in the community.

The Elizabeth Richardson Center operates two programs that students may choose to participate in:

1. LIFE Skills Program is designed to help clients achieve the skills needed for successful everyday living. Training is provided in both workshop and classroom atmospheres as well as in community settings. Topics offered include:

  • Cooking
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Health and Safety
  • Money Management
  • Current Events

2. Richardson Industries provides pre-vocational and work opportunities. Realistic work opportunities are offered and include:

  • Packaging and Palletizing
  • Sorting and Collating
  • Mail Out Assembly
  • Electronics Pre-Assembly