Students, aged 5-14, begin to develop appropriate work skills and behaviors as they participate in the career exploration program. Students improve their abilities to attend to tasks, follow directions and work cooperatively with peers as they complete various work activities. These standardized activities include discrimination, assembly and packaging tasks.
Students, aged 15–21, develop and improve specific work related skills and behaviors as they participate in Midland’s career preparation program. Students begin to understand the importance of quality control and time constraints as they relate to the job at hand. An awareness of individual strengths and weaknesses, interests and abilities is developed through the Career Cluster program. The same career goals and objectives are addressed through a variety of activities that are pertinent to each cluster. Within each cluster, a range of skills are addressed so all students can participate and experience the next level of difficulty and success.
Eleven different career clusters are offered throughout the year. These are:
- Community Living
- Computer Skills
- Food Preparation
- Manufacturing & Merchandising
- Mass Production
- Stepping Out
The Super Senior and Transition Class Programs are for students in their final three years of school. The goal of these programs is to provide intense career preparation utilizing an integrated, community based approach to learning. The students, ages 18 to 21, receive 2 days a week of instruction in academics, language and social skills within the work areas of an Office, Commercial Kitchen, Apartment, Garden/Greenhouse, Restaurant and Supermarket, practicing clerical, food preparation, housekeeping, landscaping, stock clerking and food service skills. Integrated Occupational and Speech and Language therapies that correlate with the work related goals of the program are part of the weekly schedule. There are field trips and/or in- house presentations by professionals in the career fields they are studying. There is also a focus on the development of hobbies and life time leisure activities. Finally, the students receive 2 to 3 days a week of Job Training. These work experiences provide the students with an opportunity to identify their career related strengths, weaknesses, interests and preferences. They may be paid to fulfill contracts for local businesses and/or job sample in the community.
Midland has placed 60 to 80% of each graduating class into competitive employment. More than 76 companies, located throughout New Jersey employ Midland individuals. These include Fortune 500 Companies, Chain Restaurants, Assisted Living Companies, Large, Mid-sized and Small Companies and Retailers.