Photo of WELS South studentsWork Experience Life Skills (WELS) South serves students aged 18-21 who have developmental cognitive disabilities (DCD), autism spectrum disorders(ASD), and physical or other health impairment disabilities. Student-focused, compassionate, and innovative learning opportunities focus on the development of vocational skills, independent living skills, and lifelong recreation and leisure skills.

Our approach

Well-rounded transition programming means that students:

  • Access the community for vocational opportunities and life skills development

  • Participate in daily structured recreation and leisure activities

  • Access balanced literacy, math and general knowledge instruction

  • Enjoy a calm learning environment with tools for effective
    communication, social-emotional skills and self-regulation

  • Bring their interests and personality to drive instructional and vocational opportunities

  • Are treated with respect, dignity and compassion by teachers and staff

Additional services and benefits

  • Small class sizes

  • Career and post-secondary preparation

  • Full-size gym and cardio room

  • Individual and small-group instruction

  • Flexible learning spaces and sensory rooms

  • Social workers and mental health support

  • Partnerships with families and community providers

  • Speech, occupational, and physical therapy

  • Nursing

  • The latest in educational and assistive technology

  • Customized graduation plans and individualized educational plans (IEPs)

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Work Experience Life Skills (WELS) South
Quora Education Center
70 W County Rd B2
Little Canada, MN 55117
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(p): 651-415-5640
(f): 651-415-5647
(e): wsoffice@916schools.org

Staff directory

School hours:

Monday - Friday
7:25 a.m. – 1:35 p.m.

School leaders

Sandy Strand
Principal/Manager
(p): 651-415-5490
(e): sstrand@916schools.org

Jillian Campbell
Assistant Principal/Manager
(p): 651-415-5331
(e): jcampbel@916schools.org