MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Preparing for careers after high school will be the focus of Oklahoma School for the Blind’s “Future Shock” career day on Thursday, November 30.
The event is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. on the OSB campus, 3300 Gibson Street in Muskogee.
Prior to Future Shock, OSB middle school and high school students will complete career interest surveys and compare job descriptions with the education and experience required to qualify for those jobs.
The Future Shock agenda combines informative speakers with individual meetings of students and Visual Services counselors who will help them prepare for employment after graduation.
“Future Shock is designed to help students transition from high school to post-secondary education and employment by exploring careers they are interested in, learning skills to support them in those careers and meeting with Visual Services counselors to prepare for the transition,” said OSB teacher Allison Garner.
Students will also have an opportunity for informal lunchtime discussions with Visual Services staff about career planning and employment services available to help them become employed in careers of their choice.
Visual Services is an employment program for jobseekers who are blind or visually impaired.
OSB and Visual Services are divisions of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
“Nationwide, people who are blind or visually impaired are underemployed,” OSB Superintendent Rita Echelle said. “We encourage our students to start matching their interests and strengths with realistic careers as early as possible.”
”Future Shock also gives OSB another opportunity to work closely with Visual Services as a team, so our students have a smoother transition to post-secondary education or employment,” Echelle explained.
For more information about Oklahoma School for the Blind, contact OSB teacher Faye Miller toll free at 877-229-7136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oklahoma School for the Blind is the statewide resource for the education of blind and visually impaired students. Residential and commuter students meet all state-mandated education requirements and receive specialized instruction in Braille, orientation and mobility, optimum use of low vision, adaptive equipment technology and tactile graphic skills not readily available at other public schools in the state. OSB also provides thousands of hours of free evaluations and other services each year for students attending local public schools, their families and local school staff.