“I enjoy going to SAP because we learn new and interesting things each month,” said one of the high school seniors in the program. “I like how we prepare for life after Stanbridge by learning what jobs are out there, how to apply, and other life skills.”
Stanbridge is an inaugural member of the SAP Silicon Valley Autism at Work High School Mentoring Pilot Program. A major tech company specializing in enterprise software solutions, SAP (which stands for Systems, Applications & Products in Data Processing) launched a global initiative to develop the neurodiversity of their workforce. As part of this initiative, the company is piloting a program that gives high school students with ASD exposure to potential career paths. From presentations and conversations with company executives, to workshops about personal branding and online presence; from building and design challenges led by SAP designers, to mock interviews, students develop a greater comfort in professional environments.
-Mary Hurlbut, Director of Transition