"The Center serves as a tremendous resource for the transition students who need to work on community and independent living skills , as well as those who are in need of “real” work experience. What our students have gained at its programs, is certainly effective and invaluable.” The Nicholas Center help deliver services that foster specific goals from IEPs and assist School Districts in delivering State and Federal mandated services.
1. Apparel Decorating in a community business, Spectrum Designs
2. Culinary Preparation & Processing, at Spectrum Bakes, creating our famous customizable edible granola favors for private affairs and businesses.
3. Urban Farming/Groundskeeping, within Spectrum Grows! Focus on traditional and hydroponic greenhouse growing , to provide locally grown herbs and veggies and maintenance of our garden.
4. Laundry & Housekeeping, with Spectrum Suds, an on-site Laundry Boutique providing an alternative to commercialized laundry services for in-house, community members and local businesses in our area. (It also helps teach skills needed for independent living! )
5. Exploration and Discovery through our Work readiness Curriculum, students are engaged in structured and interactive "classroom" instruction that emphasizes preferences, talents and dreams – not limitations. The curriculum assists students in defining visions of lifestyles that they would like to attain, and the requirements needed to attain that goal. The curriculum helps them think about work as a reality for them, and for those who already know that they’d like to work, teaching the skills employers want.
Job coaching/Vocational/Transitional Services: (Individual) $65 p/h
Job coaching/Vocational/Transitional Services: (Group) $45 p/h
Full time Summer Transitional Program (6 weeks - July 5 - Aug 15 : 9:30am-2:30pm - 5 hrs a day - 30 days) No transportation available.
$40 p/h (small group) or
$65 p/h (1:1)
Part Time Summer enrollees Fees are $65 p/h for 1:1 or $45 p/h for those who are in groups of 3.
By offering various avenues to work training in purposeful and authentic work settings, students generalize and apply years of acquired skills into our functional work related environments.
The Nicholas Center develops innovative programs that cater to individuals as they prepare for “life after high school”. Including well renowned pre-vocational and employment readiness opportunities and summer programs. The Nicholas Center offers small ratios, structured settings and well trained teachers and instructors. It provides skill development in life-skills, work readiness and independent living skills.