(These stories are in the Iowa School Leader Update April 2017)
Two schools are teaching students to dream. And those dreams served up at Forest City and Charles City high schools in
northern Iowa are virtually at the students’ fingertips.
Thanks to an initiative through the Iowa
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), the
schools enable students with special needs the ability
to virtually learn about good-paying jobs they never
knew existed. Through the use of software, the
schools have created a virtual learning environment,
offering students a front seat in interacting with simulated
objects, from a car engine to the human heart.
The hands-on exploration supplements classroom
instruction, and opens the doors for the students to a
work world they never knew existed. It gives them,
firsthand, a chance to try on different career options.