Brevard Schools Foundation Honored By The Able Trust

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boasts a 100 percent success rate

Over the past five years, a Bayside High School program has achieved what many would have thought impossible. Those outstanding results have earned recognition by The Able Trust as the 2014 High School High Tech Program of the Year. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Over the past five years, a Bayside High School program has achieved what many would have thought impossible. Those outstanding results have earned recognition by The Able Trust as the 2014 High School High Tech Program of the Year. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Over the past five years, a Bayside High School program has achieved what many would have thought impossible.

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Every Bayside HSHT senior enrolled in the program over the past five years has graduated.

The High School High Tech Program (HSHT) designed to help students with disabilities to advance their education and prepare them to enter the workforce boasts a 100 percent success rate.

Every Bayside HSHT senior enrolled in the program over the past five years has graduated, and every graduate has either gone directly to post-secondary training or employment.

Those outstanding results have earned recognition by The Able Trust as the 2014 High School High Tech Program of the Year.

ANNUAL ABILITY AWARDS CEREMONY

The Able Trust annually recognizes outstanding achievements in 13 categories, including outstanding employment placement programs, legislators, youth leaders with disabilities, small and large employers, media representatives, volunteers, and more.

The Able Trust’s annual Ability Awards ceremony held in Tallahassee honors businesses, organizations and individuals for their employment, leadership and services that allow more citizens with disabilities to enter the workforce.

Under the leadership of co-coordinators Christine Barbuto and Aaron Mitchell, and through the talented work of teachers Peggy Dowling and Robert Querry, the Bayside HSHT team exemplifies dedication, commitment and expertise in furthering the education, leadership and career preparation of students with disabilities.

Bayside ensures that students experience the depth and breadth of career and youth development through hands-on workshops, leadership development opportunities and exposure to real-world employment situations.

Susanne Homant

Susanne Homant

“Bayside has shown innovation through its student recruitment efforts, officer election process, public speaking program, organization skills through technology training and leadership workshops,” said Dr. Susanne Homant, president and CEO of The Able Trust.

“We commend them for creating and sustaining a highly successful program that is putting students with disabilities on the path to successful careers.”

Through community and business partnerships, a majority of Bayside HSHT students are able to participate in an internship by graduation.

The Able Trust annually recognizes outstanding achievements in 13 categories, including outstanding employment placement programs, legislators, youth leaders with disabilities, small and large employers, media representatives, volunteers, and more.

THE ABLE TRUST WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1990

ABLE-TRUST-180The Able Trust, also known as the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, is a 501(c)(3) public-private partnership foundation established by the Florida Legislature in 1990.

Its mission is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.

Since its establishment, The Able Trust has awarded more than $30 million throughout Florida, enabling thousands of Floridians with disabilities to enter the workforce.

BELOW VIDEO: The Able Trust, also known as the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, is a 501(c)(3) public-private partnership foundation established by the Florida Legislature in 1990. Its mission is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.

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