Power Equipment Systems is our Business Partner of the Month, nominated by the district’s Community Transition Programs.

Community Transition Programs work with adult students with disabilities who have completed high school with a Modified Diploma, Extended Diploma or Certificate of Attainment.

Community Transition Programs focus on preparing students to transition into the community as adults through instruction in four key areas: transition skills, functional academics, independent living skills and vocational training.

Power Equipment Systems has been a Community Transition Programs worksite for the past two years. Pete and Kelly Yunker are the owners of Power Equipment Systems. Kelly is a graduate of South Salem High School.

Power Equipment Systems is a locally owned warehouse that ships parts to 12 states. Their main focus is providing small engine parts for lawn mowers, leaf blowers and chainsaws.

Our students, like Scott Taber, learn how to locate the parts in the warehouse and then deliver them to the shipping department.

Students start by filling one order at a time and work their way to completing five orders. The orders are batched together in the computer system to make the process very efficient.

Everyone at Power Equipment Systems has embraced our Community Transition Programs and supports our students as they learn how to pull parts for shipping.

Thank you, Power Equipment Systems, for giving our students this valuable experience, and congratulations on being recognized as our Business Partner of the Month!

Pictured above from left: School Board Chairperson Kathy Goss, Special Education Teacher Zachary Sapp, student Scott Taber, Scott’s mother Diane Comer, Special Programs Employment Specialist Rebekah Willhite and Power Equipment Systems co-owner Pete Yunker.