SBCUSD Celebrates Successful Completion Of Forklift Training And OSHA Safety Program For Special Education Young Adults

In a remarkable display of dedication and determination, a group of special education young adults, ages 18 to 23, successfully completed a free vocational training program in forklift operation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety.

This significant achievement of the students who participated in the Working on Real Careers Program (WORC) not only highlights the potential of individuals with special needs but also showcases the power of inclusive education and vocational training in creating meaningful opportunities for their future. The San Bernardino City Unified School District offered the training in collaboration with the San Bernardino Community College District Workforce Development and the SBCUSD Bridge to WORC program headed by Special Education teacher Francine Apacible.

Recognizing the importance of inclusive education and vocational training, SBCUSD and the college district came together to support individuals with special needs in acquiring essential skills that give them more opportunities to find skilled work. Through this comprehensive program, these young adults were given an equal chance to develop their talents, gain practical knowledge, and enhance their employability prospects.

The vocational training program centered on two vital areas: forklift operation and OSHA-10 safety regulations. Participants were provided with hands-on training in operating forklifts, which included mastering essential skills such as maneuvering, loading, and unloading. Simultaneously, they learned about OSHA safety guidelines, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of workplace safety practices and protocols, Apacible said.

The WORC program takes a tailored approach, considering the unique needs and abilities of each participant. Trained instructors and educators provided personalized support and guidance, adapting teaching methods to suit the learning styles of individuals with special needs. This inclusive approach fostered a supportive environment that encouraged growth, self-confidence, and skill development among participants.

“The journey towards completing the vocational training program was not without its challenges,” Apacible said. “But the participants’ resilience, determination, and unwavering commitment shone through as they tackled obstacles and honed their skills.”

In fact, 2 participants achieved full certification in all 4 levels of training, 7 students were certified in operating a pallet jack, and 8 students earned the OSHA-10 safety training.

The recent successful completion of the forklift training and OSHA-10 safety program is a milestone worth celebrating, said SBCUSD Superintendent Mauricio Arellano.

“It represents not only the accomplishments of these exceptional individuals but also the limitless potential and abilities of the special needs community,” said Arellano. “Their achievements stand as a testament to the power of providing inclusive vocational training opportunities that empower individuals with special needs to lead independent and fulfilling lives.”

Equipped with valuable vocational skills, these special education adults are now better prepared to enter the workforce and pursue meaningful employment opportunities. The acquired forklift operation and OSHA safety knowledge position them for various job roles in industries such as warehousing, logistics, and manufacturing. With the right support and inclusive hiring practices, they have the potential to thrive and contribute meaningfully to the workforce. And since the students completed the training through the community college district, they are also eligible for employment services.

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