Transition Services

Transition Services

UCESC’s partnership with Plainfield Public Schools has expanded this year to include students participating in Structured Learning Experiences with Maschio’s Foods -- the district’s food service provider for breakfast and lunch. “Our partnership with Union County Educational Services has opened doors in the community for our students in the Life Skills program. The Structured Learning Experience (SLE) that provides our students with internships in a variety of work settings has been a vital capstone experience to their education in the Plainfield Public Schools,” said Elizabeth Filipatos, Director of Special Services for the district. “This SLE allows them to utilize the community based instructional skills that they have been practicing, learning and mastering over their years at Plainfield High School. As with all capstone experiences, this culminating assignment allows for the solidification of skills that the students will be able to use throughout their lives, while simultaneously integrating them as vital members of our community. In particular, the internships offered by Maschio's Foods right at the high school have been an amazing experience for the students and staff.”

Andre James is the Director of Food Service for Maschio’s operation at Plainfield Public Schools. He released the following statement on behalf of the company:

“Partnering with organizations like UCESC who provide occupational training opportunities for students gives our company increased access to available workers. On-site training programs in the schools can positively result in fully trained and competent workers for the future. Maschio’s is happy to invest in the students here at Plainfield School district both for their own future and for the future of food service.”

Plainfield High School (PHS) students with special needs are participating in this year’s SLE program at PHS at a variety of community businesses including Marshalls, CVS Pharmacy, The Woodland Nursing Home, ShopRite, First Step Childcare Center, and the Plainfield Fire Department.

If your school district is interested in partnering with UCESC’s Transition Services Department on an SLE program, please contact Josh Bornstein, Director of Special Projects at

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