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Putting UVA students to work

The Unicorn Village Academy Pre-employment & Transition Program is designed to prepare students for employment by providing hands on training; opportunities for career exploration and interests in the local community; and college campus experiences. Classroom instruction is provided through lecture and hands on learning. Students practice skills until they demonstrate a predetermined level of competency. At this time students are ready to be placed in the community*. UVA students are assigned to various job sites for short term internships and on-the-job training with on-site job coaches.
*All placement is determined by the Vocational Education Team, after careful review and assessment of skills, ability, and interest.

Where do UVA students work?


Boca Helping Hands, a community-based 501(c)(3) organization located, in East Boca, that provides food, medical, and financial assistance to those in need.

  • At BHH, jobs completed are rolling silverware, folding towels and aprons, making sandwiches, handling ice, arranging flowers and various other tasks.

Data Entry, a UVA onsite work center

  • Students work on typing technique, speed, and accuracy; enter, edit, and update data into a computer system; utilize excel spreadsheets to complete projects, as assigned.

JCC Fitness Center, located in the JCC Sports & Wellness facility, Boca Raton

  • At the gym, students fold towels, clean mirrors & exercise equipment, assist with maintenance of equipment in Spinning room, organize workout areas and materials.

Justin Bartlett @ Petco, an all-volunteer, all foster based, 501c3, animal rescue group

  • Students are expected to clean pens and litter boxes, and socialize the puppies and kittens.

Levis JCC Resale Boutique, a local thrift store located in Boca Raton

  • Students' responsibilities include tagging clothing, organizing racks, sorting and organizing clothing.

Levis JCC Silver Sneakers, a fitness program for seniors, located in the JCC Fitness Center

  • Students provide assistance with fitness class set up and clean up, and other various tasks in the fitness center

Olive Garden, restaurant chain located in Boca Raton

  • Students prepare the restaurant for customers: clean tables and chairs, set tables, wipe down all counters, roll the sweeper on the floor, and refill condiments.

PAWS, a student run business located at Unicorn Village Academy

  • Responsibilities include designing and creating products, marketing and sales, data entry, research & development, and community service.

Priority 1 Signs, a custom signs and installation company

  • Duties include data entry, filing/organizing, paper shredding, light assembly/packing, sweeping, cleaning, stocking supplies, and inventory.

Publix, a supermarket chain located in Boca Raton

  • Students are responsible for bagging groceries, replenishing bag supplies, recovering shopping carts, returning go-backs, and facing/fronting shelves

Regents Park, a Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Boca Raton

  • Student responsibilities include preparing silverware, clearing tables, setting tables, lining trays

Trader Joe's, a neighborhood grocery store located in East Boca

  • Students work on shelf displays, cleaning, restocking, organizing products, collecting shopping carts, bagging and more.

UVA Recycling, an in-house program created by our Vocation Education Team

  • Each week, students collect recycle bins from all classrooms and UCF offices and appropriately dispose in recycling center.


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