There are many programs offered to students at Riverside. One such program, a collaboration between Douglas College and School District 43, is designed to help students in the skill development program develop skills for independence as they eventually transition out of high school and into jobs.

According to the Douglas College website, students in this program will learn essential skills, such as: “an exploration of personal strengths and interests, development of employment goals, development of work habits and skills (e.g., social and communication skills, problem-solving skills, time management, punctuality/attendance) and job search techniques.”

Riverside students who are participating in the program will learn, among other skills, how to develop a resume and a cover letter to apply to entry level positions in businesses, such as A&W, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Superstore.

Another necessary skill that the students must demonstrate is how to take public transportation independently, which is necessary for transitioning from Riverside to the workplace.

“Our students have a wide variety of levels, cognitively. It’s important for them to know how to take the bus, ring the bell when they need to get off, how to pay for their ride, or even how to use a Compass Card. This program designed here at Riverside, in conjunction with Douglas College, is to help students build confidence and independence,” said Riverside teacher Ms. Linda McMinn.

To provide this learning opportunity for students in the skill development program, Riverside collaborated with Translink on October 27 to teach bus safety and etiquette. Four students from Centennial came down to experience the program as well.

“This program is very good because our students can go out for the day and learn more about our community and gain the skills to be independent,” said McMinn.