Summer Boot Camps for High School Students

The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services, working with the Greene County Board of Developmental Disabilities, offers employment-focused "Boot Camps" each summer to help students with developmental disabilities who are between the ages of 14 and 22 learn about careers, gain job and travel skills, and build work experience that will help them prepare for employment after graduation. 

Two types of camps are offered: a Career Exploration Boot Camp for students 14-17, and a Work Experience Boot Camp for students 18-22.  

Career Exploration Boot Camp is one week in length for participants.  During this session, students:

  • Complete interest inventories 
  • Learn more about careers from guest speakers and through visits to businesses
  • Learn social and self-advocacy skills that facilitate communication in the workplace
  • Tour Sinclair Community College
  • Receive training in how to use RTA buses for transportation
  • Gain volunteer work experience

Work Experience Boot Camp is five weeks in length for students.  During the session, students learn:

  • Proper workplace and interview attire
  • How to complete job applications
  • Interview skills
  • Self-advocacy skills
  • Social and communication skills

They also:

  • Learn about careers from guest speakers and through visits to businesses
  • Tour Sinclair Community College
  • Receive training in how to use RTA buses for transportation
  • Perform volunteer work to gain work experience

Students from local high schools who are residents of Montgomery or Greene counties and eligible for Board services or are seeking eligibility can register for these camps.  Space is limited, and registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for Summer Boot Camp is required, and occurs in the spring of each year.  Questions?  Please contact Andrea Harker at (937) 247-2450 or via email.