Job Olympics is designed for students with special needs who compete in a variety of job skills. Not many people get excited about doing tasks like folding pizza boxes, sorting laundry or bagging groceries. But for these kids, there's a lot of pride in showing prospective employers that they can be independent and dedicated to work.
Special education students from across Rock, Jefferson and Green counties have been developing job skills in their classrooms, to prepare for college or careers after they graduate. Teachers say all they need is for someone to give them a chance. This special Job Olympics competition allows others to see just what students with special needs are capable of accomplishing.
The students also are getting additional practice on how to interview for a job, fill out job applications and how to dress for success.
The competition helps build pride and self-confidence among teens that need to believe that they can make it on their own.
Throughout the competition students demonstrate that they can dress and act professionally and are eager for entry-level jobs.