(WHAS11) -- Blind and visually impaired students learned valuable life lessons Friday at the Louisville Zoo.
Nine students from the Kentucky School for the Blind were given the chance to work at the zoo as part of a summer work program.
The students performed tasks like working in the gift shop, collecting ride tickets and assisting at the front gate.
Teachers of the blind and visually impaired also served as job coaches to make sure the students were incorporating their visual and travel skills in the workplace.
"A lot of them have no work experience at all and a lot of them are from very rural parts of the state where there's not a lot of opportunities for them to get jobs, so its really important for them to have a chance to come to the big city," said Terry Richie of the Kentucky School for the Blind. "They get to do public transportation that they otherwise wouldn't have access to."
The students were also given a chance to learn valuable career and resume skills as well as earn a paycheck.