Businesses Honored for Partnerships, Worksites Provided to D211 Students with Special Needs


Several community businesses were recently recognized for their partnership with District 211 to provide worksites for students with special needs.

The businesses were honored by the Board of Education at its Feb.12 meeting. There are 23 local businesses that partner with District 211, and through these partnerships the District is able to provide students with true-to-life work experiences that help prepare students for their lives after high school.

“The transition from high school to young adulthood can be nerve-racking and complex for students with disabilities,” said Renée Erickson, director of Special Education at District 211.  “To assist these students, the District provides an individualized service that often involves the District’s transition services team, led by Patrick Abraham. The transition services team works to develop partnerships with many local businesses and create extraordinary opportunities for students to engage in real-life work experiences, where they can learn, practice, and master workplace skills.”

Erickson said that over the past five years, more than 2,000 students have benefitted from these business connections. This school year, opportunities were created for more than 250 District 211 students.

“It is with deepest gratitude,” Erickson said, “that District 211 recognizes and thanks our local business partners for their partnership and commitment to our students.”

The following businesses received Board recognition: ·

  • Buehler YMCA
  • Cintas
  • Countryside Association
  • eWorks
  • GFS Marketplace
  • Good Shepherd Health & Fitness Center
  • Harper College – Food Service Training Program
  • Home Goods of Schaumburg
  • Home Goods of Palatine
  • IKEA
  • Learning Loft
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center
  • Richelieu Hardware
  • Rosewood Care Center
  • Savers
  • Subway
  • T.J. Maxx of Palatine
  • T.J. Maxx of Hoffman Estates
  • Transition Industries
  • Walgreens
  • Willow Creek Care Center