College and Career Preparation Skills
Milestones has partnered with Mass Bay Community College so students who are college bound or want to try their hand at a college course can enroll in both Milestones’ classes and one or two college classes during the school day. Students in Dual Enrollment may receive accommodations (if they are eligible), but are not “identified” as special education students from Milestones. Our staff help students learn to advocate for their needs as well as provide a formal study skills class to address any executive functioning challenges. Students who have opted for Dual Enrollment are very proud of their accomplishments and graduate with college courses already on their high school transcript. All of our graduates who have participated in the Dual Enrollment program have successfully transitioned to Mass Bay or other colleges upon leaving Milestones.
Internships and Community Partners
All students, even if they attend college, will spend the majority of their life working; therefore it is vital that students leave Milestones with an excellent work ethic, an understanding of what employers are looking for in job candidates, and how to be an effective employee. It is Milestones’ responsibility to prepare all students to experience success in the workforce. We achieve this goal by setting up internships that all students age 14 and older can participate in. Some of our community partners are Newton Wellesley Hospital, Waltham Courtyard Marriott, Springwell, Waltham YMCA, Newton Public Library, Perkins School for the Blind, and Waltham 4-H. While at internship, students are managed by the organization but supported by Milestones’ staff who act as job coaches. By the time students leave Milestones, they have a remarkable repertoire of employment experiences to add to their resume and a feeling of accomplishment and pride in their job performance.