Nine students from Smith School’s Career Skills program were given the opportunity to learn rock climbing at the Cornell University Lindseth Climbing Center.
Over the course of five visits, including one training session, the students were able to practice climbing and push themselves with a challenge they may not have a chance to take on otherwise. The experience is designed for students to build confidence, engage in physical exercise in a fun way and practice soft skills that develop through teamwork with Cornell Outdoor Education faculty who serve as belayers.
This is the fourth year that Career Skills students have been able to participate in rock climbing. In previous years the expense has been covered by a grant, but this year the activity was made possible by a contribution from the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. Yang-Tan institute director Susanne M. Bruyère was able to join the students at the Lindseth Climbing Center to see them in action and even reached the top of the wall herself.
As with many other Career Skills activities, students are helped along by their “college buddies,” a group of Cornell University students from the Educational Psychology class. The presence of Career Skills students’ buddies provides a foundation of comfort in a new situation while also opening up a new opportunity to learn from each other.