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Lake Stevens High School Partners with Providence to Increase Student Success

Published June 23, 2014

Did you know that Providence has partnered with Lake Stevens High School for more than 12 years, giving students the opportunity to gain valuable experience within the hospital? The Lake Stevens High School Transition Program offers post-secondary education for students from 18 to 21 years of age with a disability. These students learn hands-on how businesses operate, volunteering their time twice a week to learn more about the organization. To date, these students have worked at Providence in Food Services, Environmental Services, Volunteer Services and in the Children’s Center.

Mitzi Mielke, a para-professional with the Transition Program, expressed just how impactful this experience is for both herself and the students. “I have found such personal and professional growth in being a part of this wonderful program," she said.  "To experience and see firsthand the difference it has made to our students' lives has been so gratifying. I have witnessed how these young lives have been changed, and their transition from school life to the work force or higher education has been so rewarding. They leave our program with a sense of direction, knowing they are vital and contributing members of their community.”

As a result of the Transition Program, more than a dozen students have been placed in paid employment opportunities upon completion. Wendy Turner, manager of volunteer services, has helped coordinate this program but she says she couldn’t do it alone. “It is the commitment of the staff that makes this program successful through their mentoring, patience, and dedication of serving others.”