Like many departments on campus the Towson University Post Office has several student workers who help keep the office running smoothly and get the mail to where it needs to be. However, there is one student worker at the Post Office who isn’t a student here at TU; in fact, David Krainer is a senior in high school.
So how did he land a job in TU’s Post Office, you ask? Enter the Baltimore County P.R.I.D.E. Program, which stands for Partnering Resources in Inclusive Development. It’s a post-secondary program run through Baltimore County Public Schools. The mission of the program is to provide students who won’t be continuing on to higher education with job training and skill development which they will be able to use once they enter the workforce.
Approximately 15 years ago the program reached out to Towson University, asking if they would partner with them. The university agreed and the program made its home in the former Lida Lee Tall Building and has been on campus ever since. Currently, there are students working all over campus through the Baltimore P.R.I.D.E. program; they’re in the Glen, West Village and Newell Dining Halls, the University Child Care Center, Paws and of course the Post office.
David has been working in the Post Office since September 2011 and will continue until he graduates from high school this upcoming May. He was placed here through the program after discussing his interests and conveying what he might want to do for a career. The Baltimore P.R.I.D.E. program stresses the importance of matching a student’s abilities and interests with a job site, never forcing them to go to a site they aren’t interested in.
When describing the placement process, David’s aide, Dale, said: “Disabilities are never a factor; we always look at the students’ abilities when placing them at a job site.”
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can find David on the first floor of the Union in the Post Office. During his time at work he files students’ mail in their boxes, helps with large mailings, such as diplomas, and looks up incorrectly addressed mail so it can be fixed and sent back out again. His favorite task is delivering mail to the different offices in the Union. While on his mail route David likes to say hello to everyone and sometimes talk sports, especially the Orioles.
Through this experience David has found that he really enjoys working independently and helping out the regular post office staff. David is glad he was able to participate in the Baltimore P.R.I.D.E. program because of all the skills he’s learned on the job.
“Working in the Post Office made me realize what it will be like when I leave and try to find a job someday,” David said.
That day is quickly approaching and the consensus in the Post Office is that he will be greatly missed when it does! The Post Office staff agreed that they have been very happy not only to work with David, but to also be involved with the Baltimore P.R.I.D.E. program. They hope to see the program continue and expand on campus in the years to come.