Students, staff and families gathered last Friday for Ferndale’s Community Transitions (FCT) program celebration. It was a time to celebrate students’ achievements and to congratulate the six program graduates.
The following graduates were recognized:
Also, STARS certificates (Washington State Dept. of Early Learning) were awarded to Lisa VanErt, Tia Gonzales, and Maribel Baldovinos. With a STAR certificate, students can now work in early child care roles.
Graduate Shayla Neidigh was awarded an HCA Certificate (Health care worker – step 1). Shayla will continue her education to pursue a nursing degree.
The FCT program serves students (clients) who have Individualized Education Plans prior to 12th grade which recommend continued services through age 21. The program prepares young adults for independent living and provides them work experience after completing high school graduation requirements.
In collaboration with community partners, the FCT program prepares clients to be productive and valuable members of the community. The program creates opportunities for clients to learn vocational skills in real-world work environments.
Program Coordinator Mitchell Morrison and Community Transitions Specialist Kim Tisovec help clients develop meaningful goals and coordinate with local businesses and organizations to create opportunities that benefit both clients and employers.
Organizations providing internships include:
Bellingham Technical College Fisheries
Bellingham Childcare and Learning Center
Northstar Stone and Landscape
Armstrong Family Auto
Dimitri’s Greek & Italian Restaurant
Gyms Star Sports Center
Carne The Butcher Shop
Pilot Travel Center
Mount Baker Powder Coating
Mount Baker Lanes
Bob’s Burgers – Ferndale
Community Food Co-op
Fred Meyer – Bakerview Road
Ferndale Grocery Outlet
Central Elementary School
Skyline Elementary School
Find Your Fashion
Inside Pitch Bellingham
Film Is Truth
Organizations providing worksite visits include:
Tri-Van Truck Body
Chuckanut Bay Foods
Educational Institutions providing campus tours include:
Bellingham Technical College
Whatcom Community College
For more information:
FCT Program Coordinator Mitchell Morrison, 383-9343, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Director Tammy Bengen, 383.9207, email@example.com