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Chisholm Life Skills Center
|Chisholm Life Skills Center is a school that has historically worked to help differently-abled students find employment opportunities in the community. Our goal is to help each student obtain his or her highest level of independence and become contributing members of a growing community. We are the bridge from the educational setting to the workforce and community.|
|Chisholm offers a variety of experiences in the classroom designed to help students hone skills that will be useful in day to day living as adults. Students, parents and teachers can work together to determine the types of classes that will best suit each student's needs. We offer training in areas such as home living, shop, math, mass transportation, social skills and functional government. Select the link below to watch a video about our school.|
|Virtual Tour of Chisholm Life Skills Center|
|Students attending Chisholm Life Skills Center are also offered a variety of employment opportunities.Some students may need additional supports and training before entering the job market, so we start with non-paid enclaves where students are paired up with staff members to enter the community and perform service work that provides training. For example, one enclave may provide cleaning services to an elderly person who needs help. Students gain experience working in the community and our aging adult population receives services they may otherwise not get.|
|From there our students begin to work in paid positions doing a variety of work from lawn and labor to production center work. Students working in the production center are typically paid based on each student's productivity.|
|Chisholm Life Skills also contracts with a number of business within the community. We have provided services to companies such as:|
Ultimately, our goal is to help each student achieve his or her highest level of independence and successfully transition to adulthood. Some of our students may need ongoing assistance after high school and our staff will work with each student and family to ensure that all available community resources are in place at the time of graduation. There are several service providers in the community that offer a variety of supports. Some students may need Social Security Income to help with their month to month expenses. Some may need medical cards to assist with health care expenses. Finally some of our students may also need living supports and case management as adults. The websites for the three main service providers are provided below. Feel free to explore these other service providers for the ways in which they may help assist you in the days ahead.