All Kinds of News for August 07, 2019
TechieForLife (TFL), a specialized post-secondary vocational school, is celebrating their three-year anniversary. Located in Southern Utah, TFL has been growing its unique wrap-around career support program to better serve student needs. Ongoing efforts to adjust and improve have shown to be integral to the success of this cutting-edge school.
Undoubtedly, work to support an under-served population of neurodiverse young adults, like those with Autism, doesn’t come without some risks. “We’ve had our fair share of small failures along the way,” said Cam, the Program Director at TFL. For example, a big push was made to improve on TFL’s point system. Set up to help motivate students, it went through many revisions with student input. "It wasn't working," said Cam. Eventually, it was dropped for a more fitting plan.
As a result, what has emerged is now more of an organic hybrid balance to TFL's culture and approach. TFL has combined and enhanced the vocational school and college support models. Consequently, students who struggle are getting their educational, as well as social and emotional needs better met.
Since opening, TechieForLife has sought to find just the right balance between too flexible and overly rigid. “Many of the young adults who come are looking for support and mentoring. They want more than just therapy in a restrictive setting. So, they appreciate the chance to make friends and have fun as well,” said Debbie Grygla, TFL’s Admissions Director.
“Reaching our three-year mark feels great. We love seeing our students succeeding!” said Debbie. Learn more by visiting TechieForLife.com or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
TechieForLife (TFL) is a co-ed, residential postsecondary school with a wrap-around career support program in beautiful St. George, Utah. Students with neurodiverse social, emotional and academic challenges such as autism receive mentoring at TFL so they can build social connections, confidence and independence. Licensed as a vocational school, TFL offers in-house computer tech training, college or trade school help, apprenticeships, internships and job support for individualized paths forward. At TFL, students have a place to belong and support to succeed.