BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) – The Bryan ISD Special Education program has a number of relationships with local businesses. It allows students to work and learn job skills.
For the past three years, some students have been working at Walgreens.
“There have been several studies done where students who are considered life skills students are usually not employed, so this gives them a really great opportunity. It’s supports their self image. It gives them self respect,” said Ann Withers, a special education teacher with Bryan ISD.
The students go to Walgreens weekly where they learn real world skills.
“They help us stock, read the price tag make sure they can identify the product with the price and just those basic skills we learn even as a new employee,” said Jennifer Zimmerman, the Walgreens store manager.
Withers says the BCS community has been very open to hiring students after graduation.
“I actually work with all levels of students, autistic, emotionally disturbed, life skills, I run the whole gamete and to date I have about 85 percent of my students still employed,” said Withers.