All Kinds of News for September 13, 2017
Techie For Life (TFL), St. George, Utah, is pleased to announce their current 100% placement rate for young adult students with unique challenges and learning differences into tech jobs, internships and apprenticeships with local area companies in which they have partnered. Beginning as a licensed vocational school 15 months ago, TFL's goal has been to progress students toward independence and self-reliance. TFL's latest job placements have been in quality assurance ("QA") and app testing for the Souhern Utah based tech startup, BusyBusy, that provides support for Caterpillar Inc. TFL's students were qualified enough to receive paid internships. Recently, two other TFL students were hired as coders and software designers for BuildStar Technology, Inc., a producer of construction management software.
"We're proud of our students who have worked hard and been willing to reach this level of capability. They overcame fear, doubt, anxiety, and learned failure to get there," said Techie For Life Founder and Executive Director Jason Grygla. "The real success for these students is not just in getting the jobs. To go through the interviewing process and be hired is big, however the real test comes with keeping the job." Key factors for maintaining employment are attributed to all the innate strengths built into the TFL program of minimizing weaknesses, repetition, confidence building and positive industry touches that all create a transformational experience for their students. Jason explained, "It's important to identify not only vocational skills but also personality type and the individual challenges that are unique to every student so that we can place them in the right job at the right business with the right supervisor and culture." They can do this in large part because of their partnership with Eric Pedersen, Dean of Science and Technology at DSU and partner in many tech startup companies in the Southern Utah area (dubbed "Silicon Sands" due to its quickly growing tech sector).
Techie For Life serves the educational needs of students who may be described as:
- Neuro atypical
- Pattern thinkers
- Socially or emotionally delayed
- Higher-functioning with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD,) Asperger's or similar
- Average to high IQ's, often with processing issues
- Developmentally different
- Non-diagnosed lower functioning
- Highly unique ("quirky")
- Lacking identity or self-esteem
Students are offered a college experience emphasizing studies in technology (including coding, software design and web development,) graphic design or a customized track based on a student's individual interests. They combine these marketable skills with essential social, emotional, and other life skills. TFL's evidence-based program includes teaching, modeling, repetition and especially mentoring. "We walk our students into successful adult life," said Jason Grygla. "We're a school-family that works hard and plays hard, where all are integrated and each person can find a place within our circle and in the professional world."
About Techie for Life
Techie For Life (TFL): A co-ed, young adult, residential and licensed vocational school located in beautiful St. George, Utah. Recently dubbed "Silicon Sands," Southern Utah hosts one of the fastest growing tech sectors in the U.S. TFL provides the most up-to-date coding education available for neuro atypical students who need a safe social and emotionally supportive environment of mentoring and partnering to strive for quality living and independence.