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The H.I.L.L.S .at Centenary College to Open this Fall

06/05/2014, 09:36 AM

Hackettstown, N.J.  – The Warren County Special Services School District is partnering with Centenary College to provide a unique program for members of the community called The H.I.L.L.S House Program at Centenary College. Classes will begin in the Fall.  Interested members should consider attending an open house from 12 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 702 Moore Street in Hackettstown. 

“It is a pleasure to work with Centenary College on this exciting initiative,” says Joe Flynn, Superintendent for Warren County Special School District.  “I look forward to embarking on this collaborative opportunity with the administration at the College.”

The H.I.L.L.S House Program (Helping Individuals Learn Life Skills) is designed to foster independence through positive learning experiences.  Each student will have the opportunity to reach his/her highest level of independence in daily living skills before transitioning towards community-based activities.  Warren County Special Services School District can provide transportation to and from each day.  Targeted skill enhancement, as well as measurable vocational goals will help guide students toward pursuing entry level positions in retail and service industries, as well as hospitality and food service employment.

Lessons planned for the H.I.L.L.S. House include home maintenance skills, such as painting, wallpapering, gardening, organizing, cleaning and house safety.  Hospitality skills that are covered include laundry, making beds, clerical tasks, budgeting and hosting an event.  Horticulture skills include gardening, planting, mowing, weeding and planning an outdoor trip.  The Holiday Preparation skills lessons focus on gardening, planting, mowing, weeding and more!

“This initiative is unique in that the students work with teachers in an authentic setting,” says Dr. Timothy Fredericks, Assistant Professor of Education at Centenary College.  “It is very difficult to duplicate this experiential learning process in a traditional classroom.”

To R.S.V.P. for this program or to get more information, please e-mail h.fulse@wcsssd.org or call (908) 223-7275.

About the Warren County Special Services School District
The Warren County Special Services School District is dedicated to promoting the highest level of positive growth and development through the expectation that all students will achieve the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS) at all grade levels.  Through collaborative efforts of the district and community, the district strives to identify and address the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of students with disabilities through individualized educational programs and services in a safe, caring and therapeutic environment within regionalized public school settings.

About Centenary College
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary
College is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college
distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body.  Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest
New Jersey.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.
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