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Celebrating Great Outcomes at CLE 2015

The following is a special needs program update from College Living Experience | CLE | Choose Your Future. You may also click here to read the original article on the main program website.

by Stephanie Martin, President

Stephanie Martin, President CLE

The core of CLE’s mission is to foster independence in the remarkable young adults we work alongside. Our services are individually tailored around the students’ needs and interests which allows our team to ‘Meet You Where You Are.’ We pride ourselves in adapting our supports around the varying interests of students and the paths they desire to pursue.

From an academic standpoint, we have students pursuing 4-year degrees all the way to certificates in industries and fields they find meaningful to their growth and development. Last year, CLE had the pleasure of celebrating the accomplishments of students including: 13 students transferred to a 4-Year university; 16 students received an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree; 19 students earned certificates in their course of study; and 13 students received honors.

This year, we continue the academic celebrations knowing that each of these students are inching closer and closer to sustainable employment. Below is a summary of the academic student successes of Fall 2014 to Fall 2015:

Congratulations to the following students who received an acceptance and will be transferring to a 4-year university:

Ryan at CLE Austin

  • Matt G. – CSUMB
  • Keith L. – Metro University
  • Nora M. – U of Colorado, Denver
  • Paige N. – Vanguard University
  • Bradely I. – Metro University
  • Chrissy M. – U of Nevada, Reno
  • Alexandra F. – Texas State University
  • Will G. – McDanial College
  • John B. – Texas Tech University
  • Becca D. – USMB
  • Danny R. – Lebanon Valley
  • Christine D. – Sarah Lawrence
  • Jonathan G. – Hood College
  • Nicole L. – Ringling College of Art & Design

Congratulations into the following students who earned Certificates in their course of study:

Pablo at CLE Fort Lauderdale

  • Alexa F. – Teacher’s Aide
  • Reese G. – Vocational Skills
  • Jessica M. – Culinary Arts
  • James P. – Culinary Arts
  • Spencer R. – Culinary Arts
  • Robert G. – Web & Interactive Design Specialist
  • Daniel C. – Admin. Assistant Continuing Education
  • Nick H. – Electronics Recycling
  • Pablo G. – Digital Design
  • Erick T. – Art, General Studies
  • Jean H. – Business Supervision & Management
  • Kiley P. – Admin. Assistant Continuing Education & Job Skills for Dog Related Careers

Congratulations to the following students who completed all credits required and will be receiving either an Associate’s Degree, or Bachelor’s Degree:

Alexa success at CLE Costa Mesa

  • Eric D. – AS, Environmental Studies
  • Alexa F. – AA, Early Child Ed.
  • Ryan R. – BS, Human Resources
  • Danial H. – AA, Liberal Arts
  • Warren H. – AA, Liberal Arts
  • Robert G. – AS, Web & Interactive Design
  • Tom S. – AA, General Studies
  • Alec L. – AA, Arts
  • Matt G. – AA, General Studies
  • Paige N. – AA, Communication
  • Becca D. – AA, General Studies
  • Paul O. – AA, Computer Programming

Congratulations to all students who received honors during their studies this past year:

Nicole at CLE Austin

  • Lexi M. – Dean’s List
  • Austin L. – GED
  • Nicole L. – Scholastic Merit Leadership Scholarship
  • Aren S. – Best Design – Coastline Community Student Gallery
  • Jean H. – Sheridan Foundation Scholarship
  • Connor H. – Dean’s List
  • Andrew W. – Dean’s List
  • Spencer R. – Serve Safe Certification
  • John B. – Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Becca D. – Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Newsletter Articles – July 2015

Pablo's graduation

Parents live with the eternal hidden concern of how their children will survive when they are gone. It is not lack of faith; it is simple mathematics. We race against time, we race toward wisdom and let life pass us by. However, wisdom alone cannot make our children independent, but a life well-planned and implemented does envision a better future. Imagine now the life of parents when their child has learning disabilities! All we want is to see them independent, prepared and most importantly, aware of what this world entails so that they can act accordingly.

Rona Schwartz, Director of the Katherine Thomas High School

We have all made it through school in some way, shape or form but how did we do it and what advice could we give to the next generation? Today, success is measured by outcomes, results, or grades, but what truly is success if not for the journey? Graduating from school may be the trophy, but the path to that point and the obstacles overcome are the real achievement. The sweat, blood, and tears that go into the recipe for success and the lessons learned along the way are the real measure of victory.

The Katherine Thomas School, located in Rockville, Maryland, is a non-public school for individuals with language-based learning disabilities. Their staff is made up of experts including Master’s level educators, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and social workers. These professionals come together every day to provide the best opportunities for learning and achievement for their students. Rhona Schwartz, Director of The Katherine Thomas High School, provided some key insights into the recipe for success that play a part in her students’ journeys through school.

Madeline's perspective on attainment and identity

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

This question is asked to kids everywhere and to teens in their senior year of high school. Even now, in my last year of college, that one question still haunts me. It haunts everyone.

Chase's Graduation - CLE

While graduation festivities for 2015 have come and gone, it is never too early to think about preparing for graduation. Here are the top five things you need to know for successful graduation planning.

Success for students with learning differences

What is success? How do you measure it? Although society, as a whole, has somewhat universal indicators of success (e.g., wealth, prestige, power, love), success is a benchmark that is assessed personally and individually. If you take ten different people and ask them how they would define success, they would give you ten different answers. Success is a vague, intangible term and many variables, such as age, experience, practice of faith, personality, educational level, and family values all contribute to the achievements that we hold most dear. In individuals with disabilities, the relativity of success is even more apparent than in the general population. Due to the individual challenges and personal struggles of this population, we often need to relook at our typical notions of success and make them more realistic. As someone who is in a position to support many students’ success, much of my work is geared toward helping our students set realistic benchmarks of achievement and celebrate their seemingly small, but hugely significant victories.

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