Skip to main content

Southlake Style

You’re Hired! Businesses Become Classrooms for Special Education Students

Apr 04, 2016 07:42AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Nothing Bundt Cakes partners with CISD

Submitted by Melinda Mason, CISD Transition Specialist

The Department of Special Programs at Carroll ISD is committed to providing all students with special needs the educational opportunities and support to reach their full potential and become fully integrated into the community. For many students and young adults, this means developing the skills and experiences needed for employment.

During high school, most students in Alternate Curriculum classes are taught the soft skills needed to get and hold a job. Since the best place to learn work skills is in authentic environments, CISD seeks local companies that will allow their business to serve as a classroom. This year, Taziki’s, Trader Joe’s, Old Navy and VarioSystems have allowed students to practice working in their businesses with staff support and job coaching. These non-paid internships have been amazing opportunities.

The Southlake Sonic and Home Depot have also partnered with CISD by hiring Regan Bravo, a C-STAR student for part-time work. He works one shift a week at Sonic distributing condiments, and works two days a week at Home Depot gathering carts from the parking lot.

Recently, DeeDee Anderson, owner of Nothing Bundt Cakes in Southlake, hired two special programs students to assist in her business. Alyssa Martin and Julia Sanders work two shifts a week assisting in helping serve customers by filling orders and helping prepare supplies and cakes for pick-up. Originally, CISD provided a staffmember to job coach the young ladies, but is now fading support as the girls become independent employees.

CISD is proud to work with local businesses and appreciates the opportunities they offer students. For more information on how you can partner with this program, contact Melinda Mason, Transition Specialist, at 817.949.8281 or