Students with special needs benefit from career program

A job program in Des Moines, Iowa, is helping students with special needs improve their social skills while also testing out career options. The Career Exploration program, which is sponsored by a public school for students with special needs, pairs participants with social service agencies, businesses and churches in the community who provide them with unpaid jobs over a nine-to-12-week period. "Sometimes they find out what their passion is, and sometimes they find out they don't like a job," said Melinda Collins, who founded the program 10 years ago.

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