FHSD Student Tim Sharp Landed Full-Time Work Thanks to Local Bridge to Success Program

Posted on 05/21/2021

Former Francis Howell School District (FHSD) student Tim Sharp landed a full-time job as a houseperson for Embassy Suites St. Charles by Hilton after working as an intern for 9 months as part of the local Bridge to Success Program.

He is the first student from the new program to move into full-time work. Several other area students have quickly followed in his footsteps, scoring gigs of their own.

FHSD joined a local Bridge to Success Program in an effort to better support students with disabilities and reduce barriers when they enter the workforce. The St. Charles County Bridge to Success is a county-wide transition program that focuses on vocational skill building for students with disabilities.

“The Bridge to Success offers students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience during the school day – similar to a tech school,” said Eddie Rodgers, FHSD program coordinator. “They get to learn skills needed for post-secondary success, such as employability skills, social skills, independent living skills, etc.”

The partnership is made up of three St. Charles County school districts (Orchard Farm, Francis Howell and City of St. Charles), The Center for Head Injury Services (post-secondary service provider for adults with disabilities) and the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board.

This county-level partnership allows for the customization of a program that already exists to promote various vocational education experiences for students across the community.

The Bridge to Success currently has two sites under operation, Cintas and Embassy Suites Hotel, and has commitments from two additional locations for the future. Each site that the Bridge to Success supports operates differently regarding schedule, tasks, industry, and other logistics.

The program serves students who qualify for special education services. It has recently been re-branded from the previous national model, Project Search.

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