Work Experience Program at Kirksville High School seeks help from local businesses

Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 10:47 PM CDT
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KIRKSVILLE, Missouri (KYOU) - Kirksville High School is looking for local businesses to help students with a program that prepares them for the future.

Special Needs Teacher and Coordinator for the Work Experience Program, Amanda Wilcox, says this program is intended to assist those with special needs. “The Work Experience Program is offered to juniors and seniors here at Kirksville High School who have been identified as having a disability and it really allows them to go out and discover what they’re good at,” she explains.

Students visit the businesses during school hours and instead of a paycheck, the students are given class credit that will go towards graduation. Wilcox says job coaches are there for students to ensure safety and that jobs are accurately being completed. “They do a lot of teaching while they’re there. not only just about the task they’re doing also a lot of the time social skills while they’re on the job,” she says.

Although the program has helped students to find employment after high school, Wilcox says there are certain big corporation jobs the students are interested in gaining experience in but don’t have access to. “I have a lot of students who would love to go to Walmart but we haven’t been able to get into Walmart in a few years,” she says.

She says there isn’t a specific reason but she believes they aren’t accepting volunteers. As of now, the program has primarily worked with locally owned businesses.

Wilcox says the program is in need of more businesses to assist students with broader interests. If you’re interested in helping with the program she says to call the school directly and leave a message or contact her via email at

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