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Work Enclave

“Students perform a valuable service for Town Center by folding, taping, and labeling approximately 1700 newsletters each month. It is a joy having the Enclave students come here weekly to assist us with the variety of tasks. They arrive with broad smiles and ready-to-work attitudes … It has truly been a great benefit to Town Center Community Association to be involved in the Enclave Program.”

– Patricia B. Laidig, Village Manager, Town Center Community Organization

A Work Enclave is a supervised work training program for students receiving special education. The enclave provides a transition step between school and independent work for those who need a higher degree of support or supervision.

Each enclave consists of a small group of students who perform basic, repetitive tasks under the close supervision of special education personnel. The experience enables students to achieve success in a community vocational setting while learning the attitudes and skills necessary to work independently, including:

  • Using effective socially appropriate communication skills.
  • Following directions.
  • Sompleting jobs.
  • Seeking assistance when needed.


Students must be:

  • At least 16 years of age or in junior year of high school.
  • Certificate (non-diploma) bound.
  • Enrolled in Academic Life Skills programs or at Cedar Lane School.

Employer Role

Provide job tasks for group. Typical tasks include:

  • Mailings.
  • Horticulture.
  • Stuffing envelopes.
  • Collating.
  • Folding towels.
  • Vacuuming, dusting, or other housekeeping tasks.
  • Bagging groceries.
  • Unpacking merchandise and stocking shelves.
  • Constructing and filling boxes.

Benefits To Employer/Organization

  • Gain satisfaction from helping students with special needs to achieve independence.
  • Teachers oversee quality of work.
  • Work provided at no charge to organization.


  • School system provides transportation to job site.


Dawson Robertson – 410-313-5640
Transition Services/Work Study Program