Employability Skills Lab

Program and/or Enrollment Questions?
Call (440) 891-7666.

Polaris Job Training Programs include an in-house Employability Skills Lab for students who require more intense training in pre-vocational skills including both basic employability, vocational and social/life skills.

The program’s goal is to build more independent skills through simulated and authentic work settings. The Skills Lab provides instruction for students who require the most support to learn specific work skills, work behaviors, and self-help skills. Through this program students learn the importance of positive work attitudes, quality of work, teamwork, following directions, staying on task, working independently and managing time.

The program targets high school students ages 17–22 with cognitive and/or multiple disabilities. A current IEP reflecting community-based employment as a reasonable outcome, either in a competitive or supported employment setting, is required. Also, students need to be able to complete simple vocational tasks without prompting.

Some typical work experiences could include:

  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping
  • Floors
  • Recycling
  • Assembly
  • Packaging
  • Stocking
  • General office work

For additional information, contact Diane Xander, Director of Pupil Personnel, Principal of Satellite Programs at 440.891-7666 or dxander@polaris.edu.

Program Resources


Sample Assignments

Additional Information

Teacher: Shirley Kowalski

E-mail: skowalsk@polaris.edu
M.A. University of Michigan, Special/Vocational Education
B.S. University of Michigan, Special Education
Ohio Education Licensures/Endorsements: Special Education Licensure, Elementary Education Licensure, Supervision Certification, Transition to Work Endorsement
Years at Polaris:
Interests/Hobbies: Sports, Exercise, Environment