• Work Experience Life Skills


    Students Served: 18 to 21 years old
    Disabilities: Students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD), developmental cognitive disabilities (DCD), and multiple disabilities.
    Program Location: 
    3500 Willow Lake Boulevard, Suite 500
    Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
    Phone: 651.415.6280
    Fax: 651.415.6299
    Megan Miller
    Phone: 651.415.6279
    The program is designed for students with intensive special education needs who are post-high school age.  WELS North prepares students to progress toward graduation at an individual pace.
    Innovative instructional opportunities in work skill development, community participation, recreation and leisure, home and daily living and social communication skills are hallmarks of WELS North.
    The program is staffed with one teacher in each classroom and one education assistant for every two to three students.  One-to-one education assistants are provided as required by a student's Individual Education Plan (IEP).
    Staff work in close partnership with the young adults, their families and community providers to identify individual priorities for students to achieve a smooth and meaningful transition to adult life.  Staff intently focus on student's strengths, interests and unique learning styles.
    A unique summer program to teach independent living/work skills is provided for either a three or five week option.  The apartment living staff stay with students and provide close supervision in the home environment, at community activities and on the job site.
    The educational planning process involves a team of home school district staff, parents, agency professionals and Northeast Metro 916 staff.  Referrals are made through the special education director of the student's home school district.
    Transportation is provided by the home school district.
    Specialized Services:
    • Continuum of work experiences from site-based to service learning and community buisiness partnerships
    • Full range of related services including speech/language, occupational/physical therapy, nursing, assistant technology, social work, mental health and autism support
    • Balanced literacy, math and general knowledge instruction using research-based, standards referenced curricula
    • Recreation/leisure instruction
    • Social communication skill instruction
    • Proactive behavior strategies
    • Interactive SMART Board and iPad technology
    • Graduation plans based on progress toward IEP
    • Extended school year program as required by IEP
    • Opportunities to attend some classes at the Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center