School district offering S.W.E.E.T. program

The Lincoln County School District Summer Work Experience Education and Training (S.W.E.E.T.) Program works with students ages 16 to 21 who participate in special education or 504 programs, and who are making a transition from school to young adult life. An important component of this transition is learning skills needed for community employment. While some training occurs in the classroom, it is the community-based practice that really helps to build employable skills, officials said.


Work Experiences/Internships:

The  S.W.E.E.T. program is partnering with community-based companies to offer students the opportunity to use learned skills in an authentic employment situation.

Summer work experience internships:

  • Last for five weeks, from July 1 to Aug. 9 (hours will be based on business needs and cadets schedule).
  • Use the cadet’s learned employment skills.
  • Provide orientation and staff support to the cadet while on the job.
  • Provide workman’s compensation through the school district for the student and staff while cadet is working at your business.
  • Provide cadet salary for the five to six-week work period.


Team support:

  • S.W.E.E.T staff is available to support the cadets based on their individual needs. The internship should provide practical experience in time management, quality of work, communication at the workplace, and work readiness.  Work schedules are arranged with each community partner in advance.
  • Business partners help S.W.E.E.T. cadets in their educational goals as well as with training for future employment. The school district appreciates the involvement and support of its partners in assisting cadets in becoming valued community members.

For more information about participating in this program as a business partner or as a cadet, contact the S.W.E.E.T. program coordinator, Connie Craddock, by April 15 at 360-846-5992 or [email protected].


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