All Kinds of News for November 08, 2017
One of the many significant ways TechieForLife (TFL) supports their neuroatypical students in preparing for careers that fit their aptitude and interests is by creating opportunities and developing community-based partnerships. Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum accepted TFL student Windham, who applied and now volunteers weekly. In addition to gaining more confidence and increased social skills, Windham is offering valued service while connecting with others through his love of aviation.
"Windham absolutely lights up when he volunteers. On one occasion after volunteering, I was amazed at his excitement as he shared the experiences of his day," said Kristen McCoy, Program Director at TFL, a licensed vocational school in Southern Utah. "As one of our more introverted students, the chance to volunteer and interact with others at the museum is giving Windham the opportunity to become more comfortable in conversing with others." When things didn't work out for Windham's pursuit of a career as an air traffic controller after graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in air traffic management, he chose to attend TechieForLife to find a new direction and continue to develop marketable skills.
Ray Stiens, the director for the Museum, has enjoyed working with Windham and watching his confidence grow. "I'm happy to have his help," said Ray. Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum is an independently operated, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, restoring, and displaying aircraft for the educational benefit of current and future generations. Windham reports, "I like being at the airport with the smell, the sounds and the sights. It was uncomfortable at first when I didn't know anybody, but it has gotten better. I gave my first tour last week."
Along with volunteering, Windham has been taking online classes to get certified as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator. His next step is an apprenticeship. TechieForLife is working to partner with a professional that uses drones and UAV's to collect data for surveying and mapping purposes to help Windham gain hands on job experience.
TechieForLife (TFL) is a co-ed, young adult, residential and licensed vocational school located in St. George, Utah. Dubbed "Silicon Sands," beautiful Southern Utah is home to one of the fastest growing tech sectors in the U.S. Neuroatypical students who need a safe social emotional environment gain important life skills, mentoring and a college track or marketable technology training; leading to internship/job placement through TFL's close private sector partnerships. TechieForLife gives students a place to belong and the supports to succeed.