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January 9, 2004

NDSD work program a success

From: Devil's Lake Daily Journal, ND - Jan 9, 2004

By Sue Kraft-Lifestyles Editor

North Dakota School for the Deaf in Devils Lake has implemented a new program and so far it seems to be a great success.

The "Community Integration Work Training Program" teams hearing impaired students with employers in the Lake Region to give the students the experience needed to hold a job when they graduate.

Scott Craven, Director of Student Life and Vocational Administrator at NDSD, said the program began at the beginning of the school year, with two students earning certificates of completion this week.

"The students who are in it are so pleased," he said. "And a lot of students are real anxious to get out and try it."

The first students to take part in the program were Matthew Klassy and Casey Guillemette.

Klassy took on a job at Klemetsrud's Plumbing & Heating and Guillemette has been working at Environmental Services at Mercy Hospital. Both students were provided with interpreters to make the transition easier.

(for complete news story see January 9, 2004 Journal) 1/9/04

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