All Kinds of News for June 06, 2018
TechieForLife (TFL) students are making considerable progress as they overcome social, emotional and/or academic challenges due to neurological differences. These young people have had an amazing spring. Each student at TFL, a vocational training and college support school for neurodiverse young adults, is working toward independence and finding their individual career path. Here is an update of their extensive personalized progress:
- Amber received recognition at the AATC Annual Gala for her volunteer work redesigning the website for a non-profit organization, Art Around the Corner. See her work here: www.artaroundthecorner.org. She has also been successfully working full-time at her first graphic design job for the last month.
- Lee graduated from TechieForLife and is enjoying his course to become a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), a completely different direction than he originally started. He also plans to continue taking classes at Dixie State University (DSU).
- Eric is teaching coding and software to junior high and high school groups with Code Changers over the summer while he continues to work on Microsoft certifications in data science/analytics.
- Dylan just finished his first semester at DSU and is working on publishing a research paper on amphibious disease. He is working with the DSU math department to create software to manage how the disease is spreading and affecting frogs. He also now works full-time at BusyBusy in their QA (quality assurance) department.
- Dallin graduated from TFL this month and just completed his first semester at DSU with excellent grades.
- Five of TFL's students Joseph, Reid, Grady, Carlos and Alec were accepted into an intensive advanced coding and software boot camp at DSU. This is a great opportunity for them to learn and network with Southern Utah software and tech companies. (Three students went on to attend DSU after last summer's Code School.)
- Hunter started his apprenticeship in gunsmithing with Justin Sip. His website can be viewed at www.justincustomguns.com.
Whether a student comes to TechieForLife fresh from a therapeutic wilderness program or after failing to find work after obtaining a bachelor's degree or right from living in their parent's basement, these young adult students are connecting and supporting each other. "I'm impressed with how humorous and witty our current population is. They seem to have a lot of fun and it makes me happy to see them laughing," said Jason Grygla, TFL Executive Director and Founding Partner. TFL's peer mentoring model can have a profound healing and motivating effect as these relationships develop.
TechieForLife opened its doors two years ago with a mission to help neurodiverse young adults build on their individual strengths and minimize their weaknesses so they can gain marketable skills to be successful in careers. "We are proud of the successes and progress our students are making and we are even prouder when they don't need us anymore," said Jason, grinning.
To find out if TechieForLife might be a good fit or to request a free interest and aptitude test 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.