All Kinds of News for October 09, 2019
TechieForLife (TFL) has brought on one of their graduated students, Dylan Matthews, to be their new 'Tech Coach' in St. George, Utah. Dylan has an innate ability to empathize with neurodiverse young adults, like those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and consequently, students at TechieForLife have a brilliant programmer mentoring them and serving as a role-model they can easily relate to.
Dylan brings an unmatched level of understanding and compassion to his classroom at TechieForLife. "He's always patient with issues we encounter. He thoroughly explains solutions in a manner we can understand and apply to other tasks. I really respect him because he's been in our shoes before," said Matt, TFL student. Without delay, Dylan has begun making enhancements to TechieForLife's tech program. Together with TFL's Program Director, Dylan is creating tech curriculum and developing a digital platform for TFL's Student Success Course. These two also regularly holding "tech connect" meetings with students to coordinate support on progress goals.
TechieForLife's previous Tech Coach accepted a position at a larger tech company in Provo, Utah. Shortly after, the hunt was on to find a suitable replacement to begin the academic year. TFL reached out to Dylan recognizing he was a natural choice to step in and Dylan accepted. "Best job I've had! I'm working directly with students instead of only computers. I get to see their daily struggles and successes," said Dylan.
Notably as a TFL student, Dylan was a successful team leader developing the web-based app NATSAPConnect. The app is currently being used by educational consultants and the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) members. Additionally, his tutoring was instrumental in helping another TFL student finally complete his Masters in Applied Mathematics. While progressing through the TFL program, Dylan began working in an internship for busybusy, doing quality assurance for their app. He then took a job as a programmer with the tech startup QVR, which creates software programs to modernize the tracking systems for therapeutic residential programs. In addition to Dylan's new job at TFL, he continues to work with QVR.
To learn more about TechieForLife's innovative program and how they help neurodiverse young adults succeed, please visit techieforlife.com.
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.