PAL Open House Draws Interest Fom Public Officials
A recent Pathways to Adult Living (PAL) Open House attracted the interest of several public officials. Joining ESCNJ Superintendent Mark J. Finkelstein, Supervisor Raissa Prus, and PAL staff and students were: Sayreville Mayor Kennedy O'Brien; Middlesex County College Board Chair Dorothy K. Power; Interim President Mark McCormick, and ESCNJ Board Member and Bergen County Technical Schools/Special Services Superintendent Howard Lerner.
“We are delighted to have this program in Sayreville and think it provides students with some great opportunities,” Mayor O'Brien said about the program, designed to ensure a successful transition to independent living for 18-21 year-old students.
The guests spoke with students and learned more about the program, which includes vocational training opportunities as a result of relationships with community employers, meal preparation, operating household appliances, and using public transportation.
The PAL students also shared information about participating in the first “Rutgers Pet Care School Day,” at Cook Campus in New Brunswick. PAL students baked and sold homemade “PAL Treats,” and took part in two workshops explaining the successful business venture, which has led to sales of well over 1,000 bags at $2 each.
“The process helps students build their capacity to collaborate, follow instructions, operate equipment safely and effectively, and learn good business practices,” said PAL Teacher Marci Rubin.