Petco San Marcos and its manager Cindy Wassenaar received the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education Community Advisory Committee’s Employer Excellence in Special Education Award. They were presented with a framed resolution by a representative from Senator Joel Anderson’s office in a special ceremony.

According to Karen Thompson, coordinator of the WorkAbility 1 program for San Marcos Unified School District, Petco has been partnering with the school district since 2011, providing work experiences for special needs students in a variety of programs including the Adult Transition Program and Work Experience for Students in Transition program. “Cindy and her administrative staff believe that every student can surpass their own expectations of their potential,” Karen said, adding, “Petco San Marcos has been a staunch supporter of our work experience programs over the years, providing a much desired location for the students and an environment in which they learn, grow, and blossom.”