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Open House For New Pathways To Adult Living Program

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Families meeting with ESCNJ Superintendent of Schools Mark J. Finkelstein at the recent Pathways to Adult Living Open House. Credits: Educational Services Commission of New Jersey
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Sayreville Mayor Kennedy O’Brien sharing information about the Pathways to Adult Living program at its recent Open House. Credits: Educational Services Commission of New Jersey
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Holding an Open House for the Pathways to Adult Living (PAL) program the Thursday before Labor Day weekend may not have been ideal timing, however, several people took advantage of the opportunity to visit.

One woman brought her son Donovan, who is already enrolled in PAL, a program for 18-21 year-old classified students who have completed their academic requirements.

“Donovan is very organized and he’s at his best when he is kept busy, so this is the perfect program for him,” said Donovan’s mother, adding that he was hoping to get involved in some type of horticultural job sampling program within the community.

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Sayreville Mayor Kennedy O'Brien also stopped by the storefront at 95 Main Street.

“We are delighted to have this program in Sayreville and think it provides students with some great opportunities,” he said.

Vocational training opportunities, as a result of relationships that have already been established with nine community businesses is a key part of the program, as well as learning to access public transportation.  Students will meet each morning at 95 Main Street, where house cleaning, minor repair work and safe use of household equipment and appliances is also part of the schedule.

For additional information about the PAL program, please contact Supervisor Raissa Prus, M.A. SLE/C, Teacher Marci Rubin or Job Coach Jennifer Smith at 732-777-9848 Ext. 6690, or contact Mrs. Prus at mprus@escnj.k12.nj.us.

The PAL program joins six ESCNJ schools in Middlesex County for student’s ages 3-21 with autism, multiple disabilities, and at-risk behaviors. The largest Educational Services Commission in the state, the ESCNJ provides special education services to school districts statewide, coordinates transportation services for over 10,000 students across the state, and manages a Co-op Pricing System with over 1,000 members, the largest cooperative buying program in New Jersey

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