BPS S.T.R.I.V.E Program

(Supported Training to Reach Independence through Vocational Experiences)
Resources and supports for unique learners transitioning from school to work and postsecondary options.

Wentworth Training Program Philosophy:

The Wentworth Training program is for Boston Public School students ages 18-22 in Special Education. This is a community based vocational training program that will produce internships, externships, employment and postgraduate opportunities in the field of Facility Management, Hospitality, Customer Service, Business Management & Public Works (recycling).

This is an authentic work experience. Students are given job titles, work IDs, expectations, evaluations and raises. Our programs sets high expectations from the very beginning to ensure our community-based partners get the best of BPS.

As a professional contractor, we are accountable for results. The students’ tasks and evaluations are based not only on their personal growth, but also on their productivity in the contracted work. Student learning is maximized as students are able to set goals for their own learning and mastery of projects and skills.

History Of Wentworth Training Program:

Over the last 26 years, Director of Physical Plant Bob Ferro and his Staff have provided their unwavering commitment to over 4,000 Boston Public School students at the STRIVE Wentworth Training Program. Since 1988, the Wentworth Institute of Technology opened its campus to students with unique learning needs and provided opportunities for these individuals to practice, learn, earn, and gain authentic work experiences. This partnership has provided students with valuable vocational skills and prepared them for competitive employment.

Inclusive Internships at Wentworth Institute Of Technology:

The following inclusive internships are supported by the Wentworth Institute of Technology and take place in multiple locations on the College campus. Under the supervision of a STRIVE Community Connection Facilitator, (Special Education Teacher), and two Community Field Coordinators, students participate in one or more of four areas:

Facilities Training Program

Laundry Service Crew

Grounds Crew

Go Green Recycling Program

STRIVE Brochure & Learn More

Click the 'Brochure' button to download a brochure about our program STRIVE. Click the 'Learn More' button to learn more about STRIVE.