Forsyth County Schools is proud of its innovative programs that meet the unique needs of its students. One program in particular provides community based job skills training for students ages 19-8 months to 22 years with cognitive or developmental disabilities through a collaborative effort with the school system, local Vocational Rehabilitation Office and the partnering businesses. Project L.I.F.E. (Learning Independence for Future Employment) focuses on vocational training by providing real-world and hands-on job skills applications and prepares them for the transition from high school to independence and competitive employment.
Project L.I.F.E interns at Ridgeland - Siemens Energy, Siemens Industry and Hill Center (including NCR and Lanier Tech) have been immersed in a variety of job training environments including Human Resources, the materials department of the production floor, manufacturing and warehouse, the mail room, shipping and receiving, cafeteria responsibilities and housekeeping. Prior to job training, interns receive general safety training by using the employee handbook provided by the partnering business. The Project L.I.F.E Teacher reviews the safety manual extensively with the interns. Following the safety training, interns participate in a 6-8 week rotation where they are able to sample various job skills in a variety of departments. As the interns become more familiar with the task, their independence level increases and self-checking and correction are then practiced. Independence is then maximized as employees of the partnering business assist with further job development/training, evaluations and typical employee/management supports and supervision. The Project L.I.F.E. staff is on the job site at all times during intern training.
All students within Project L.I.F.E. must meet eligibility requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation services prior to enrollment. This allows future interns to receive work evaluations where a baseline of job skills can be determined as well as continued support from the point of becoming a L.I.F.E. intern and continued support beyond high school graduation.
Special Thanks to our Business Partners:
- Siemens Industry
- Siemens Energy
- Northside Forsyth Hospital (added January 2016)
- FCSS Registration and Hill Center
- FCSS Central Office
- FCSS Academy and Custodial Services (added August 2016)
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Goodwill Industries of North Georgia
Students in my area (parts and receiving) have enhanced the output production by 50%. I have found that the interns take pride in their work and take their job training very seriously. Their positive attitude and good work ethic has impacted the other employees and their performance. Expectations remain high despite it being a training program and this provides real-world demands on the interns.
Brent Montgomery, Production Floor- Materials Supervisor, Siemens, Inc.
Project LIFE Newsletters:
Project LIFE hosts a parent/student information night every September. Dates and information can be found on the FCS Transition Website
For more information about these programs, please contact Susan Darlington, Transition Coordinator for the Department of Special Education, 770-887-2461, ext. 202327 or email@example.com.