School’s in Session: Pre-ETS Students reflect on their summer internships

Eli Eldredge is pictured harvesting a tomato at Cape Abilities Farm

High school is a time when students often start pursuing their first summer job or thinking about a post-graduate career.

The Cape Abilities Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Program is there to offer self-advocacy classes, resume writing, and career exploration opportunities to high school students with a disability who are preparing for their post-graduation life.

A key part of a summer internship placement is exposing students to different fields and career paths and supporting them in transitioning to adulthood.

There are many community businesses where you may have seen a Cape Abilities Pre-ETS student this past summer, including:


Grace Jodice (left) prices items with Pre-ETS staff Sarah Needel.

Cape Abilities Farm
Cape Abilities Farm welcomed several Pre-ETS students, where individuals develop skills like cashiering and tending to the greenhouses and gardens on the Farm. The farm was lucky enough to have several outstanding additions to the summer team through the program, as students worked hard, learned news skills, and had fun!

Awesome job, everyone!






Brandon Coye is pictured splitting wood at Heritage Museums and Gardens.

Heritage Museums and Gardens
When students were looking for a job with hands-on experience, Heritage Museums and Gardens welcomed them as part of its maintenance team! Mechanic Tim Boyea showed the two students the ropes, even working with power tools under supervision. Thank

you, Heritage Museums and Gardens, for once again welcoming individuals in the Pre-ETS program to be part of your team!





Claire Cooney (right) high-fives Pre-ETS Assistant Manager Julie Pfrommer.

Chatham Paint and Hardware
Claire thrived at her summer internship at Chatham Paint and Hardware, where she stocked shelves, learned inventory, and operated the popcorn machine! Claire’s confidence and experience grew tremendously, and she has been a rockstar member of the team! Awesome job, Claire! And thank you, Chatham Paint and Hardware, for providing this opportunity!


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