ARC Broward Excited to Celebrate Preschool and Career Education Graduations in June

ARC Broward, a not-for-profit human services organization dedicated to providing services to children and adults with disabilities and other life challenges, will celebrate its annual graduation ceremonies of the ARC Broward Preschool and ARC Broward School of HIRE Education the evening of Thursday, June 9, 2016. 

The commencement will be held at the Sunrise Civic Center Grand Ballroom. The preschool graduation begins at 5 p.m., and the School of HIRE Education is at 6:30 p.m. A reception for the graduates, their families and friends will follow each ceremony.

“We are extremely proud of the students of both of these unique programs for their dedication and hard work toward achieving these incredible goals. We look forward to following their achievements for many years to come,” ARC Broward President/CEO Dennis Haas said.

Celebrating its 60th annual graduation, the ARC Broward Preschool provides early education and therapy service to toddlers and young students, age 18 months through five years. The school’s educators consist of certified teachers, teachers’ assistants, licensed physical and occupational therapists, licensed speech language pathologists and board certified behavior analysts. Some of the daily routine includes individual and small group activities, independent activities and multi-sensory learning in the classroom, cafeteria and therapy gym, as well as on the playground. This year’s graduating class has 24 students.

“Each of our students has his/her own individualized education plan to optimize functioning and developmental growth,” Haas said. 

Since its inception in 2013, ARC Broward’s School of HIRE Education is an opportunity for Broward County students, ages 18-22, with developmental disabilities to obtain and sustain a career/workforce education, community-based instruction and independent living skills. A unique option for post-secondary students, the school provides them with the abilities to prepare them for a career after high school. The students are presented with four vocational track choices, including: culinary arts; electronics recycling; child and/or elder care; and office/clerical work. There are seven students graduating this year.

“For both graduating classes, we are grateful to the families and staff who have helped make these dreams a reality through continued support and positive encouragement,” Haas said.

The Sunrise Civic Center Grand Ballroom is located at 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise FL 33351. For more information about ARC Broward and its children’s programs, please visit (  

Since 1956, ARC Broward has worked hand-in-hand with the community to provide the encouragement and opportunities that create life-changing outcomes so that people with disabilities and other life challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.

The not-for-profit organization operates three “mission-based” enterprises that provide training and employment opportunities for individuals served while generating revenue to help fund services. These include the ARC Broward Learning InstituteARC Broward Culinary Institute and ARC Broward Information Technology Asset Recovery and provides services through 21 programs in 10 locations across Broward County. To learn more or to donate visit ( or call (954) 746-9400. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.