Fall 2017 Graduations

We are pleased to announce that another group of hardworking students will be graduating from our IMPACCT student transition program over the next two weeks… and you are invited to share in their success!

Come celebrate with us at your local IMPACCT graduation:

Claremont IMPACCT Graduation
Thursday, January 18, 2018
 @ 12:00 PM
River Valley Community College, Library
1 College Place | Claremont, NH 03743

Concord IMPACCT Graduation
Thursday, January 18, 2018
 @ 6:00 PM
New Hampshire Technical Institute
31 College Drive  |  Concord, NH 03301

Nashua IMPACCT Graduation
Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Nashua Community College, Room 150
505 Amherst Street | Nashua, NH 03063

Berlin IMPACCT Graduation
Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Littleton Opera House, Room 205
2 Union Street |  Littleton, NH 03561

Manchester IMPACCT Graduation
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Manchester Community College
Student Center Multi-Purpose Room
1066 Front Street |  Manchester, NH 03102

Keene IMPACCT Graduation
Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

Keene State College, Lloyd P. Young Student Center,
Mabel Brown Room
229 Main Street |  Keene, NH 03431

Earn & Learn Opportunities Program
Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

Manchester Community College, Student Center Multi-Purpose Room
1066 Front Street |  Manchester, NH 03102

IMPACCT Academy Emblem
The IMPACCT Academy is a partnership between New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation, GSIL, high schools and community partners located throughout the state. Together, we are dedicated to helping students with disabilities learn the skills they need to continue their education beyond high school, or begin rewarding careers as part of the local workforce. Students spend four days out of the week participating in academic instruction, where they learn indispensable soft skills, such as resume writing and interview techniques.

“IMPACCT teaches you how to get a job,” explains Sherry, one of the graduating students. “We learn what to say and what not to say, and also what to wear during interviews.”

Other lessons involve personal finance, physical health, and self-advocacy—things that aren’t always taught in typical high school classes. The lessons are presented in such a way as to mimic the condition of a job site.

“Here, they’ve shown me to be more communicative, be more of a team player, be positive about it,” states Patrick.

The final day of the week is spent at an internship where the students get paid work experience. Josh, for instance, completed an internship at EVS Metal Solutions in Keene, where he shadows other employees and learns how the machines operate. His supervisor has been so pleased with his work ethic and enthusiasm that he’s offered Josh a full-time job once Josh is done with school.

“[IMPACCT] has allowed me to do so much more than I thought I could do, and it’s given me opportunities I never would have had. Right now, if I was just at normal high school, I wouldn’t have this job already lined up and I wouldn’t have this internship. I wouldn’t have all the skills that I have now.”

Field trips also occur throughout the program to introduce students to potential job sites and give them supplementary information on classroom topics.

“So, we’ll go to this bank,” Josh explains. “And we had a presenter present a bunch of different things to us. We learned about bank accounts. We learned about debt. We learned all of these different things. And then when we get back to the classroom, we have to write a paper about it. We have to make a presentation about it. We have to write thank you letters. So, we’re really learning all these core things, but in ways that are beneficial and in ways we’re going to be able to use in our lives.”

Join us in celebrating these students and all of their accomplishments at one of the upcoming graduations listed above! 

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