Special Students Honored for Graduation

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Graduation day is tomorrow for students at several colleges and universities in our region.

But two grads were honored today at Minot State University.

They have completed a program called A-STEP – that stands for “Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment Program.”

It helps young adults with intellectual disabilities get the training they need to step into jobs in the public sector.

The idea is to make the students part of the everyday college life, while giving them the specialized training they need to find the right jobs.

Both of today’s graduates are from Bismarck and plan to move back there this summer to seek new jobs.

(Joe McNeil, ASTEP Graduate) “For summer jobs, I’d like to work as an online merchandiser at KMart in Bismarck.”

(Jim Olson, KX News) What’s it been like going to Minot State?

(Holly Scheetz, ASTEP Graduate) “It’s been really challenging.”

(Jim Olson, KX News) And yet fun?

(Holly Scheetz) “Yeah!”

(Amy Armstrong, ASTEP Project Director) “I’m very passionate about it because I’ve seen the change that it brings in opportunities that in affords the students that attend.”

Both Joe and Holly are hoping to work in offices at Bismarck State College next school year.

They will walk across the stage tomorrow during the full graduation ceremony at Minot State.


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