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TechieForLife (TFL), a college support and licensed vocational school, supports neurodiverse students so they can find belonging and a career path to independence. Finding a school with the right fit for a student can be challenging but may make all the difference in success. For young adults with learning differences, customizing an individual career path is even more important. That's why TechieForLife has begun offering apprenticeships.
When Hunter came to TechieForLife looking for support and a viable career path, it didn't take long to discover Hunter's passion for guns. He expressed his love for gun history, his fascination with the mechanical aspects and his natural skill at meticulously cleaning and repairing guns. When asked what he likes to do in his spare time, "I enjoy target shooting with my rifles." After looking at his career interest and aptitude assessment and with his diagnosis of Autism, it quickly became clear that Hunter would greatly benefit from an apprenticeship where he could be mentored, learn through doing, repetition and develop his skills.
TFL's Executive Director and Founding Partner Jason Grygla was able to connect Hunter with a local and renowned custom gunsmith. As soon as Hunter finished his level one phase work with TechieForLife and completed a gun safety course, he was ready to begin his apprenticeship doing what he loves. "I can't remember ever being happier!" expressed Hunter after just a few weeks there. He is now self-motivated and excelling. Hunter's mother agrees, "It is the first time he feels accepted, successful and at peace with where he is at personally. I truly have never seen him genuinely happier."
Hunter's apprenticeship in gunsmithing is with Justin Sip. His website can be viewed at www.justincustomguns.com. To find out if TechieForLife might be the right fit or to request a free interest and aptitude assessment for a neurodiverse young adult, email GetStarted@TechieForLife.com.
TechieForLife (TFL) is a co-ed, young adult, residential and licensed vocational school located in St. George, Utah. Dubbed "Silicon Slopes South," beautiful Southern Utah is home to one of the fastest growing tech sectors in the U.S. Neurodiverse students who need a safe social and 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.