All Kinds of News for December 05, 2018
TechieForLife (TFL) welcomes Jeremy Creager as their new Career Coach. Jeremy is a recently-retired (20 year veteran) of Las Vegas firefighter/paramedic stations, who loved his work and helping people. His focus will be on helping TFL students find internships and career paths as well as continuing to mentor students in TFL’s computer tech classes. He brings stability and life experience to the TechieForLife team along with determination to help students grow.
Five years ago, Jeremy started the Abby Lou Foundation to employ adults with special needs and to help the less fortunate have better days. Jeremy is the father of five children, including one with special needs. “I love that we are all more alike than different,” said Jeremy. “I like that TFL students are full of enormous amounts of potential and we need to help them find it, grow it, then share it.”
Neurodiverse young adults often experience barriers to employment. Jeremy said, “In the short time I have been doing this, ability is not their issue.” He described some of the emotional challenges facing some students, like rigidity, immaturity, and priorities. Jeremy is good at focusing students on practicing “the little things, like getting up, making good choices and being on time.” The tricky part he said is, “supporting them without suffocating them.”
TechieForLife has successfully placed several students in Quality Assurance computer tech positions, nursing homes, grocery stores and computer hardware businesses. Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity has also been a great resource for TFL students to practice working and build confidence. “Relationships are key to sustainable employment for our student population,” said Jeremy. TechieForLife is strongly focused on networking and utilizing local companies. They know a student is in the right job/career area when students are “fulfilled, on time, needing less and less support and choosing meaningful work over computer gaming or isolating.”
TechieForLife (TFL) is a co-ed, residential and licensed vocational school with a career support wrap-around program in beautiful St. George, Utah. Students with neurodiverse social, emotional and academic challenges receive mentoring so they can build social connections, confidence and independent living skills. In-house computer tech training, college or trade school support, apprenticeships and/or internship/job support offerings, allow for individualized paths forward. At TechieForLife, students have a place to belong and the supports to succeed.