Career Development

A meaningful career path is essential to self-esteem and personal satisfaction. It opens up avenue of self-discovery and provides a sense of accomplishments and personal growth. Students are introduced to business attire, workplace etiquette, time management skills and professional conduct through classes and community practice. Students participate in internships and multiple job shadowing experiences.


YEAR ONE:  Students participate in classroom experiences as well as move into the community to interview and investigate work options.  Students complete interviews and job shadow experiences to accomplish this investigation; therefore, students are asked to have an open mind during this process.  Evaluation is constant and ongoing.  Areas to be assessed include: self-management; communication skills; physical capacity and stamina; transportation skills; career interests, prevocational skills, and individual goals and objectives.  Development of training positions is accomplished through dialogue and assessment.  Each position is hand-carved in the workplace.

 YEAR TWO:  Students continue classroom instruction as well as experience placement in internship positions based on interests, prevocational skills and needs.  They receive specific training onsite as well as receive instruction and feedback concerning the implementation of the skill set listed above.  Feedback is provided through the site supervisor, co-workers as well as formal evaluation through the job development specialist.  Movement to paid employment occurs through assessments by the career teacher in collaboration with the site supervisor.

YEAR THREE:  Students continue classroom instruction in seminar format as they continue training or move into paid employment.  They receive support and continuous evaluation from school personnel as well as from their site supervisors.  The career team spends a great deal of attention and time in matching each student with the most appropriate employer.  Various kinds of information are observed and collected during their enrollment at The Horizons School.  Placement considerations include, but are not limited to; bus routes, position availability, student’s interests, overall safety, employer size to student’s comfort level, indoors/outdoors, standing/sitting, specific tasks, prevocational skills, etc. 


Our Career Partners Include:
Alabama Art Supply
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
Aldridge Gardens
Bama Fever
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham
Bailey Brothers
Becker Animal Hospital
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham Public Library-Avondale Branch
Birmingham Public Library-Central Branch
Birmingham Public Library-Downtown Branch
Birmingham Public Library-Southside Branch
Birmingham School of Art
Birmingham Zoo
Botanical Gardens
Brookwood Mall
Brookwood Medical Center
Cat Haven
Country Club of Birmingham
Collage Consignment
Cookie Company
Cosmo’s Pizza
Cox Media
Dog Days of Birmingham
Dr. Patrick Odum. D.D. S.
Equal Opportunity Staffing
Fox 6
Golden Flake
Goodyear Tire
Goodwill Industries
Greater Birmingham Humane Society
Habitat for Humanity
Hand in Paw
Homewood Library
Homewood Toy and Hobby
Hotel Highland at Five Points
Jones Valley Urban Farms
Karen’s Hallmark
Levite-Jewish Community Center
McWane Science Center
Roly Poly- Southside Branch
Ronald McDonald House
Samford University-Children’s Learning Center
Scott’s Coneys
Silvertron Café
South Highland Presbyterian Church
Southside Baptist Church
Standifer’s Animal Clinic
State Farm
TJ Maxx
University of Alabama at Birmingham-Campus Recreation Center
Vestavia Hills Library
Vulcan Park Animal Clinic
Vulcan Park Museum
Western Supermarkets