Getting Real World Experience at Special Needs Job Fair

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TAYLOR -- High school students are preparing for life after graduation whether it be more schooling or the workforce.

With graduation day just months away, Scranton High School senior Amina Durant practices her job interview skills during a job fair for students with special needs.

Durant is one of several dozen students from area schools who were focusing on their futures.

"It will give me a track to see what I want to be in life," said Durant. "I plan on being a CNA, go higher and be an RN."

The state office of vocational rehabilitation partnered with Allied Services for the event in Taylor helping to connect employers with potential employees.

"It's very easy for us to find a niche that goes with their limitations," said Kyra Davey of Fastenal.

"The goal of our agency is work," said vocation rehabilitation supervisor Kristen Leary.  "All of these students will be graduating in the next year or two years, and they're going to have to do something after school just like everybody else."

Some students feel they'll be better prepared to find a paying job thanks to everything they learned during the job fair from mock interviews to living skills.

Skylar Rosengrant from West Scranton wants to go into child care or photography.

"It's very important to have experience so I can get a job after high school," Rosengrant said.

Victoria Rivera tells us she's overcome struggles in school and has her sights set on making a difference in the lives of kids as a juvenile probation officer.

"I'm shy, very shy," Rivera said. "Those interviews over there helped a lot because she gave me tips. She said I did well for someone who's shy."

And before long, Rivera and others will be ready for the real thing.