St. Rita school for the deaf making a difference one graduate at a time

St. Rita is known for small class sizes and individualized education, and direct communication that their students receive.

This year they have a graduating class of one student!

Tiffany has spent her entire educational journey from preschool to a graduating senior at St. Rita. As a young child, she was often shy and soft-spoken. With the encouraging staff and small class size, Tiffany has become a very confident and determined young adult!

After Tiffany completed the elementary program, she entered the Career II track for her high school education. In this track, Tiffany’s focus was on both functional academics and life skills.

She spent a lot of time out in the community learning various job skills and gaining independence.

Tiffany has chosen the next step in her journey to enroll in the Career Plus Program at St. Rita. This is a two-year program designed for students who are continuing their special education services in order to become “Career-Ready!” The program focuses on job skill development, budgeting skills, self-advocacy, and understanding legal rights for people with disabilities.

At the end of the second year, the goal is for Tiffany to have secured competitive employment and start living out her life with a career she loves.

Maryann Barth, the Career Plus Coordinator said, “I taught Tiffany for a couple years in high school and I am very excited that I will have her as a student again in my classroom this coming August.”

The Career Plus Program has been a success since its inception in 2014 and this year 100% of the graduates have full time jobs secured before graduating from the program.

For more information, please visit www.srsdeaf.org or contact Anna Nwa at 513-771-7600 or anwa@srsdeaf.org.

St. Rita School for the Deaf’s 97th Annual Graduation Ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 29th.