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LARC to host career camps for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities

By Staff | May 28, 2024

Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will hold Career Camps for students 14-21.

These camps will take place in June and July and are designed to help students with an Individualized Educational Plan or 504 Plan explore career opportunities and develop essential job skills.

“Many students are interested in jobs but don’t know where to start,” said Angela Katz, LARC’s executive director in a prepared statement. “Participants will learn about competitive employment, identify career interests, strengths, and skills through job exploration. Students will participate in business and college tours to get a real-world perspective on different career paths. They will develop a resume, prepare for interviews, and more. Plus, they will receive a reward for their hard work.”

Students can choose to attend up to three weeks of the 30-hour camps, which will be held on the following dates:

· June 10-14

· July 8-12

· July 29-Aug. 2

Camps will run Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a 30-minute break for lunch. Students are required to bring their own lunch, but snacks will be provided. All camps will be hosted at LARC’s Fort Myers Campus, at 2570 Hanson Street.

Enrollment is free for qualifying participants.

Every student who successfully completes all five days of Career Camp will receive a $75 gift card, lunch, and a certificate of completion on the last day of camp.

This program is an affiliate of the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitationand is part of pre-employment transition services. These services include job exploration, workplace readiness, work-based learning (job shadowing) with a local business, and post-secondary counseling and tours.

Interested individuals should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation counselor or their local VR office for a referral. For more information, visit www.rehabworks.org/student-youth/student-youth.html or call (239) 278-7150.

About LARC:

Established in 1954, LARC serves more than 300 individuals annually, ranging in age from 14 to 81. LARC offers vocational training, community residential services, and a wide array of other state-of-the-art community inclusion services on a full-time, year-round basis. LARC’s main campus is located at 2570 Hanson Street, Fort Myers, and the organization also operates two Residential Group Homes.

To learn more about LARC, visit www.larcleecounty.org or contact Angela Katz, Executive Director, at (239) 334-6285 x210 or via email at angelakatz@larcleecounty.org.