In Work Force/CBVI (Community Based Vocational Instruction), students are provided opportunities to develop and improve job readiness skills, learn appropriate work behaviors, and establish a positive work ethic. Students achieve success by mastering skills which bolsters self-esteem and independence.
By exploring different job skills that may be encountered during employment, students are gaining invaluable work experience. We start with skills including sorting, assembly, packaging, filing, stocking shelves, bagging groceries, and various fine motor tasks. We have different stations that the student can work in including office, housekeeping, recycling, gardening, and grocery.
In Work Force, students start the transition process in middle school. They acquire the skills to make them successful in life in whatever path they choose. Through interest inventories and student questionnaires, students are able to figure out their likes to guide them into a job that is unique to them. These tools allow students to get involved in activities that they enjoy and build the necessary skills that will help them succeed in real work experiences. As part of our program, students in the transition class do onsite vocational training. Depending on individual interests, Tuttle students have trained at Brookwood, Kroger, Mod Pizza and Chick-fil-a.
Tuttle School students run the Tuttlebucks business where they take coffee orders, make the coffee, add the sugar/cream, deliver and collect payment! We are also constantly expanding our vinyl business. The students make personalized items and special holiday crafts. We have made Halloween buckets, art boxes, monogrammed cups, and tea towels, and our new Tuttle School spirit shirt! We have partnered with Memorial Hermann in Cypress and will be putting together “baby bags” for the new mothers.
From the transition class, students go off campus once a week to help generalize their skills from the classroom. Some students go to Brookwood and learn various skills such as ceramics and horticulture. Other alternative sites are researched for qualifying students.