Advance and Gateway celebration
An evening of celebration for Advance and Gateway graduates
Posted on 06/15/2018
An evening of celebration for Advance and Gateway graduates

It was a night of celebration for 15 students graduating from the Advance and Gateway programs as they were honored in front of friends, family, staff, and community partners at the Pioneer Park Pavilion on June 12.

Superintendent Tim Yeomans welcomed the audience and thanked parents, staff, and the community for working as partners to help students be successful. “We live in a community that cares for all of our children,” said Yeomans.

Advance and Gateway serve as transition programs for adult students with disabilities. Planning with the end in mind, they focus on competitive/supported employment, volunteer opportunities, community participation, recreation and leisure and, when appropriate, daily living skills. The community is our classroom! 

A special acknowledgement and recognition was given to community partners who participate in the transition process. They provide job training sites and performance evaluations for the students as part of their vocational education. Other community partners provide job development and employment stabilization for students transitioning into employment after graduation.

Advance teacher Gary Jeffers said students graduating from the program are linked to all available services for which they are eligible. Each of this year’s 15 graduates are either currently employed or in the process of being hired.

A reception with cake was held following the ceremony.