Pleasanton Adult and Career Education (PACE) is proud to spotlight Michael Franco. He is an intern in our Adults with Disabilities Paid Internship Program. While working at Strizzi's, a local Italian restaurant in Pleasanton and one of his three internship locations last year, Michael gained valuable skills as a host/greeter. During his second rotation, Michael worked at Crown Trophy where he developed skills in order fulfillment, proofreading, assembly, packaging, and quality control. His final rotation was with Omron Robotics and Safety Technologies, where he worked on the manufacturing and inventory lines in the production warehouse.
Throughout his three rotations last year, Michael demonstrated a welcoming and attentive customer-service oriented heart with the goal to "Earn a 5-Star Rating." Michael's work was so appreciated by Strizzi's management that he was offered a part-time job at the restaurant working on the weekends. Congratulations to Michael on his success!
PACE Interns have worked at numerous locations within Pleasanton Unified School District gaining experience as custodians, clerical and child nutrition services staff, and classroom aides. Additionally, they have interned at various businesses throughout the city including the Alameda County Fairgrounds in the Professional Gardens Exhibit, Richert Lumber ACE Hardware in retail, Black Tie Transportation in vehicle detailing, City of Pleasanton Gingerbread Preschool as classroom aides, and DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton in housekeeping. Our interns work 4 hours per day at their worksite with job coaching that provides faded support over time, and they attend a 1-hour class each day where they develop and refine workforce readiness skills that will help them be successful in their current and future employment. For more information about this program, please visit: Pleasanton Adult and Career Education Paid Internship Program
This past spring, National Geographic filmed short videos on students from Sweetwater Union High School District, and Veronica Ochoa was chosen to speak about her experience with Adult Education. She was able to speak so eloquently and authentically due to having gone through all of SUHSD Adult Ed. Programs. Her most recent experience with Adult Education was being enrolled in a CTE course with the IET component during Spring 2023. With the breath of skills ad knowledge she has received in every one of her Adult Education programs, Veronica now has the confidence to continue her education in college to further achieve her goals.