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Special education students find success with building maintenance program

March 15, 2010
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SAN ANGELO, TX — Special education students are developing valuable job skills through the building maintenance technologies program offered by the San Angelo Independent School District''s Career and Technology Education department, according to the San Angelo Standard-Times.

According to the story, approximately eight students are selected by the Admissions Review and Dismissal committee to participate in the class, which includes a classroom component as well as on-site monthly cleanings at Community Hills Christian Church.

Teacher Raymond Bannert said: "They''re going to be competing in the workforce with people who maybe don''t have a disability. Someone may walk in off the street, but they won’t know how to work a floor buffer."

Students receive donations from the locations they clean, allowing them to travel and participate in national Skills USA competitions, at which they have taken top awards, the story stated.

Bannert said: "Since I took over in 2001, we''ve won state three years in a row and were in the top 10 nationally three years in a row."

Bannert also said that many students have been able to find maintenance and custodial jobs after finishing school thanks to the technical approach he takes to cleaning, the story noted.

Banner added: "We really clean, we get scientific about it. Some kids who come through here, it may not be their thing, [but] I have other kids who have gone on to building maintenance jobs at apartment buildings, the state school, MHMR, Ethicon."

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