Students, staff, alumni, and community partners of the Huntley 158 LIGHT (Life Instruction Guiding Huntley Transition) Program celebrated the program’s fifth anniversary at its annual recognition breakfast April 10.
The LIGHT Program is a special services transitional program that aims to prepare students ages 18-22 for independent living with supports for employment and education and/or training.
“We started this program with the goal of creating the best transition program in the State of Illinois,” said Liz Kienzle, transition facilitator and LIGHT Program Team Lead.
The program has grown to experience great successes, now working with more than 60 local employers who provide competitive employment opportunities for students while they work on their educational goals. In addition, many students in the program are taking classes at McHenry County College toward an associate’s degree or other career certification.
More than 80% of participants were employed within the past year, well above the national employment rate for individuals with disabilities. Many students who transition out of the program have remained as employees at the organizations they started working for through the LIGHT Program.
Thank you to all of the dedicated individuals who have helped make this program a shining success!