Green Bay special education students took off on an “Amazing Race” Friday morning, traveling to area businesses to learn about employment opportunities.
“It’s a race, they only have two hours, and whoever has the most business cards and items wins a prize,” Wanda Bronstad, Work Experience Coordinator at Preble High School explained.
Groups made up of special education students, non-special education students, and Green Bay Area Public Schools faculty spent the morning collecting business cards and taking photos, but each stop involved a task for the special education students.
“They’re going to ask for a manager, they’re going to ask some questions about employment,” Bronstad explained. “They’re going to be practicing eye contact and the handshake and being able to communicate freely with the employers.”
Seth, a student who participated in the Amazing Race, says that the activity gave him the chance to learn new skills.
“I’m learning interviewing skills that can help me find jobs and applications to do,” he said, “and maybe a little money to get some stuff that I enjoy.”
Bronstad says that the day’s activities are also meant to give local employers an idea of the workforce available within the district.
“We want to be able to provide our community employers with some really good talent that we see in our students,” she said. “This is just one way to get our students out there.”