Headwaters, RHS, Nicolet College team up for soft skills class

February 13, 2012

From rhinelanderdailynews.com: “Headwaters, RHS, Nicolet College team up for soft skills class” — In the fall of 2010, Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster toured Headwaters and met with Director Mary Hardtke. They discussed the possibility of Nicolet College offering classes for people with developmental disabilities. A focus group was formed to begin developing curriculum and a plan for programming.

During the 2010-2011 school year, the focus group met with Mary and Shelley Lehman, a cognitive disabilities teacher at Rhinelander High School, to look at what areas in our community were vocational strengths and what areas could develop job training. A soft skills curriculum was written by Mary and Shelley for the first class in the vocational program. This class will teach pre-employability and lifelong skills that students need to be good employees.

The class began Feb. 1 at Nicolet College and welcomed five students from Rhinelander High School and four adults from Headwaters. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate and have the opportunity to receive more specific vocational training. Mary and Shelley hope to expand the program to all high school students in Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties.

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