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Hanford High teacher recognized for career readiness efforts

Laurie Price, Career Choices and Work Based Learning teacher at Hanford High School, has been named Teacher of the Year for Career Counseling and Employment Readiness by the Washington Association of Career and Technical Education. Price has worked diligently to refine the District’s work-based learning program for students with special needs. She’s developed a strong link between the Richland School District’s Special Education and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Departments.

“Laurie is continually interacting with employers, helping them understand the value of providing job placement opportunities for special needs students,” says Claudia Cooley, CTE Director for the Richland School District. “Her efforts have resulted in life-changing opportunities for students.”

Some of the local businesses providing these work-based learning opportunities are Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Heaston & Thompson Vision, West Side Preschool, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Wood’s Nursery, Ben Franklin Transit and Ace Hardware. There’ve been meaningful success stories along the way as students exceed expectations and earn promotions at their work sites.

“This is a team effort of supportive teachers, parents, administration, and amazing employers collaborating on the common vision of preparing students for life beyond high school,” explains Price. “Our community partners provide invaluable on-the-job experiences for students while building relationships that transform lives. These enriching experiences yield practical skills that students utilize in transitioning from high school to the work force.”

Image Title: Claudia Cooley (l) and Laurie Price
Claudia Cooley (l) and Laurie Price