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The Summit (18-21 year old students)


Mt. at Sunrise


1409 S. Pioneer Way, Moses Lake, WA 98837

509.766.2670 x7570
Joy McClendon, Teacher

What is The Summit?

The Summit began in January 2017 to help students 18-21 years of age who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP), make the transition from high school to the workforce. These students, who have completed their high school requirements, can still be in school through 21. The Summit works with students who aren’t sure what to do after High School. We focus on the transition to the workplace and allow opportunities for young adults to get work experience and build their resume for gainful employment.
Who am I?
My name is Joy McClendon. I joined Moses Lake School District in August of 2015, first in a Life Skills classroom and now at The Summit. I have taught out at Big Bend Community College for 10 years now and enjoy teaching very much. I’m currently finishing my Masters in Special Education and have spent over 20 years in this community of Moses Lake. I have a passion for kids and believe in the best for them.
Our Goal?
All students will leave with work strengths identified and skills necessary for paid employment.

The Program

 Phase 1

 Identify interests
Gain experience in volunteering
Learn to write a resume
Discover hobbies how to spend downtime
Create personal power points for IEP meetings
Make a needed connection with DVR/DDA
Time management
Work on the basics...what do I need to get a job, keep a job, expectations of employers, etc.

Phase 2

 Build resume
Begin to fine-tune interests
Explore opportunities (food handlers card, $ and comfort with budgeting, making change, etc., opening a savings account
Explore BBCC/auditing class (Is a college right for me?)
Short-term internships to peak job interests, building portfolio
Day job vs. Dream job

Phase 3

 Obtain gainful employment!
Portfolio complete
Make a final connection with DVR or DDA for life after the Summit
Come and see us! The kids are incredible and the program is just getting started! We are so excited for these young adults and what the future holds for them!