Community Work Experience

Program and/or Enrollment Questions?
Call (440) 891-7679.

Our Community Work Experience program is designed to introduce and improve basic work skills for students with disabilities who have barriers to employment. This is accomplished by providing students with real life work experiences in the community. The students are transported to an off-campus job site. The current site is Southwest General Health Center.

Students explore a variety of training sites and begin to experience the demands of a real job. They are expected to work for periods of time without constant supervision and need to be willing to:

  • Stay with a task, improve speed and quality
  • Maintain professional hygiene and grooming
  • Get along with others in the workforce
  • Learn how to take initiative and seek out more work while on the job
  • Continued instruction in life skills such as appropriate work behaviors, social and communication skills, self-advocacy and problem-solving is also provided

For additional information, contact Diane Conibear, Director of Pupil Personnel, at 440.891-7679 or

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Additional Information

Community Work Experience 2014-2015 Advisory Members

Ms. Susan Baker, Shaker Valley Food
Ms. Suzanne Bush, Cuyahoga Co. Board of Developmental Disabilities
Ms. Sue Gaukin, Corned Beef CafeMr. Scott Koharik, Olive Garden
Ms. Amy McGlynn, Cuyahoga Co. Board of Developmental Disabilities
Ms. Pam Nicholson, Manor Care Health Services
Mr. Jonathan Patterson, Olive Garden
Ms. Donna Shaheen, Southwest General Health Center
Mr. Don Watkins, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Mr. Robert Zwolenik, Dairy Queen

Teacher: Chuck Seitz

Bachelor of Science in Education, Kent State University
Certifications: Welding & Cutting; Career Based Intervention; Transition to Work
Years at Polaris: 12
Industry Experience: Metal Fabrication Industry-16 years; Education-20 years
Interests/Hobbies: Running, bicycling, and camping