Living The Dream

Authored by: Dian Martin, Coordinator of Educational Services

Several of Perris Union High School District students were living the dream this summer. The Perris Union High School District Workability Program placed over 25 students in a paid work experience within the community. These students earned an average of $720 and let me tell you these students were not only excited to earn some CASH but they also learned valuable job skills. PUHSD receives Work Ability funds to support students with special needs:
  • WorkAbility I is a school-based transition program working to benefit students, employers, and the community at large by meeting the needs of local job markets.
  • WorkAbility I promotes independent living and provides comprehensive pre-employment and follow-up services for youth in special education.
  • WorkAbility I provides secondary special education students ages 14 to 22 with the opportunity to obtain marketable job skills while completing their education
Our Business Partners had many wonderful things to say about our students this is just one testimonial from Best Buy™…

Employer Testimonial
Best Buy, Menifee -  Gerald Harer, Assistant Store Manager
“It has been my experience that our communities WorkAbility I program is an unmistakable example of a great partnership that positions our youth to become better indoctrinated in the modern workforce. I appreciate the experiences I’ve had to teach about what we do here and provide guidance to a vision of good. The overwhelming majority of WorkAbility students are well armed and enthusiastic to explore the inner workings of our business and discover roles that interest them in future endeavors. I am proud to work for a company that supports the alignment of student and business and am sincerely thrilled when a student realizes their path”

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After the program ended, five of our summer placements were hired as part-time employees. This has been a great partnership between Perris Union High School District and our Business Community. We are gearing up for the holiday season and plan to place another 25 students throughout the community. If you are interested in learning more about this fantastic opportunity then please feel free to email or