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Students Learn High-Tech Skills Through Model Program
April 26, 2004

SHELTON, CONNECTICUT--Shelton School District has a high-tech program that is being considered a model for other schools across Connecticut.

The Shelton High School/High Tech program helps students with disabilities to explore the world of technical careers.

Students are offered the opportunity to go into local businesses and see for themselves what people actually do in the fields of science and technology.

The program also provides guest speakers, extracurricular activities and paid summer internships, all having to do in one way or another with science or technology.

"I really like it. There are different things to do," 16-year-old Brittany Tofinchio told the Connecticut Post.

The school's special education officials point out that the technology program could suit students interested in careers that are highly technical or that rely more loosely on technology.

State employment officials note that many students with disabilities are not qualified for basic jobs that rely on technology because they have not been given the necessary skills.

Shelton's program is being recognized with an award for outstanding achievement by the Connecticut High School/High Tech Advisory Council, the Post reported.

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