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Gainesville High’s new PAES lab prepares special-education students for career success
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Cristie Langford, PAES lab coordinator, supervises Donovan Oliver while he matches up pipe fittings during an open house for a Practical Assessment Exploration System lab for special education students to become more self-sufficient and pursue various career paths at Gainesville High School on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele
Erin Folger will graduate from Gainesville High School in May, and she feels more ready than ever to meet the “real world.” Folger, 20, is one of dozens of special-education students benefiting from a new learning lab at the high school that incorporates the Practical Assessment Exploration System, which helps identify students’ functional skill levels, career interests and aptitude for employment through five key study areas.