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Backpack Buddies' Program
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All students can benefit from exposure to the workplace as they plan their high school careers. Our program provides community-based vocational training to junior and senior students. Our emphasis is on the development of non-paid job sites, especially for students in the early stages of training. As students approach graduation, increased emphasis is placed on developing paid sites.

Our goal is to prepare students for community integration and paid employment. By linking schools and workplaces, students will be prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow. We focus on teamwork, punctuality, cooperation, interpersonal communication, personal appearance, attendance, introduction to the world of work, positive relations between students and their community, career connection between school and work-based learning, and heightening awareness of the need for a continued education and business alliance.

Who should enroll in Career Independence?
Junior or senior high school students who show a strong desire to gain employment upon graduation from high school have the opportunity to participate in career exploration activities, work place skills preparation and practice learned skills at a work site. Students should be willing to work and show a good attendance history. Work experience in the community, whether paid or unpaid, should be an integral part of every student's school to work transition experience.


  • Collaborating with local businesses
  • Supporting local and area students in developing job skills
  • Helping students actively participate in their communities
  • Creating youth apprenticeships
  • Building cooperative education
  • Mentoring from business and industry leaders
  • Exploring careers


  • Provide an available pool of new workers who understand the needs and expectations of their business.
  • Increase profit margins in industries by reducing employee training costs and turnover.
  • Give employers access to competent, trained, and highly educated works.

What staff members of Career Independence direct the daily activities?
The Career Independence Program consists of one full-time certified instructor and a part-time job coach. Students obtain on-site job skills for approximately 1 1/2 hours per day, three days a week. Transportation to the job site is provided by the program. Two days each week, students stay in the classroom and learn vocational skills, such as completing applications, participating in interviews, writing resumes, leadership skills, interpersonal skills, and intrapersonal skills. 

How do I enroll a student in the Career Independence Program?
If your school would like to enroll a student in the Career Independence Program, call the Grand River Technical School (660-646-3414) to schedule an interview with the student.

Successful educational programs are those that produce successful adults.

The Grand River Technical School adheres to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, handicap, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, or sex in admissions, educational programs, activities, financial aid, and employment.

Public Notice
Nondiscrimination Statement
Chillicothe R-II School District

The Chillicothe R-II School District complies with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and the American Disabilities Act (ADA). It is the policy of the school district that no person, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap, shall be discriminated against in employment, educational programs and activities or admissions. Inquiries or complaints concerning the Chillicothe R-II School Districtís compliance with the regulations implementing Title II, Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 or the American Disabilities Act (ADA) may be directed to: Superintendent Office, Chillicothe R-II School District, P.O. Box 530, Chillicothe, Missouri, 64601. (660-646-4566).

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