Ivy Street School student graduates from JVS Transitions to Work Program

Ivy Street School student Josh rings out a customer at JVS's mock CVS

Congratulations to our latest Ivy Street School student to graduate from Transitions to Work, a 9-week training program that takes place at the CVS Regional Learning Center, a full-scale mock CVS store.

Transitions to Work trains adults with disabilities, helping them develop vocational skills to launch their careers. The program is made possible by a collaboration between Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), and the Ruderman Family Foundation.

For Ivy Street students accepted into the program, it gives them a valuable opportunity to learn and reinforce these skills outside of the school environment, preparing them for real-world competitive employment.

"The Transitions to Work Program," says Ivy Street School Vocational Coordinator Shawna Boesch, "has offered Ivy Street Students a highly supported and structured environment to expand their vocational and social skill development, which are both crucial to obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment.

"Each student who has graduated from the Transitions to Work Program has identified that they are now more confident and eager to enter the work force than ever before."

Our Vocational Program staff work to ensure that students placed in the Transitions to Work program are able to maximize the benefits of their time there.

“Each of our interns coming from the Ivy Street School came well-prepared and were eager to learn the skills needed to reach their goal of gainful employment,” says Josh Bock, Transitions to Work Career Coach.

Madeline Wenzel, Director of Disability Services at JVS Boston, agrees, and looks forward to working with Ivy St. students in the future: “The staff at Ivy Street School understand the Transitions to Work program and work closely with the Transitions to Work team to provide support for participating students to help ensure their success. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Ivy Street School and serving more students in the future.”


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