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Celebrating Great Outcomes

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 program’s website.

by Stephanie Martin, President

Stephanie Martin, President CLEAs the President of CLE, I began reflecting back to this time last year and recall the excitement of our new student class, the pride of seeing students move forward ready to take on the world without our supports, and the camaraderie of our teams continuing to strengthen across the organization. The results, just a short year later, exceeded my expectations and again, the bar was raised for what we can accomplish as an organization.

There is ample evidence that CLE is continuing to move forward on the right course remaining the industry leader in providing post-secondary supports to young adults with varying exceptionalities, while at the same time focusing on being a great place to work. Our focus is clear: To deliver the best quality of post-secondary supports and services we are capable of providing to the young adults we have the privilege of serving. And our strategy is simple: We Meet You where You are. CLE continues to be unique in our approach of designing supports around the individual needs of our students served rather than offering a cookie-cutter approach. This approach in addition to our focus on company cultures continues to be a couple of our greatest competitive advantages in the industry.

As an organization, we recognize our services have a direct impact on three very important groups of CLE stakeholders.

1. First and foremost, we start with our team.

Members of the CLE team, have a rewarding job but such rewards do not come without a fair share of challenges. On a daily basis, whether we’re celebrating successes or identifying areas of improvement, we refer back to the CLE Core Commitments and Individual Responsibilities. The staff members that have the greatest impact on the students and the organization are living and breathing these commitments, intentionally using them as the foundation of everything they do.. They are intentionally using these as the foundation of everything they do. Currently, CLE has an unparalleled leadership team, and I’d be remiss in not recognizing the exceptional group of Directors and Executive Managers dedicated to CLE inside and out. I’m confident CLE is under it’s best leadership to date and together we are committed to more than ever to setting our teams up for success.

2. The second group of CLE stakeholders are the parents of the students we serve.

This past year we made great strides in the parent survey results seeing an increased percentage of satisfaction across the board. It is our responsibility as an organization to never lose sight of the value of customer service in every interaction we have with our student’s families.  In our Parent Satisfaction Survey Results, CLE received PLATINUM ranking (the highest rank) in the following areas:

Quality of Services: Parents felt we were Exceeding/Meeting their Expectations in:

  • Academic Tutoring
  • Campus Liaison Support
  • ILS Appointments
  • Social Activities
  • Mentoring
  • Financial Instruction

Working with the CLE Staff: Parents rated their experiences Superior/Satisfactory

  • Timeliness of Response
  • All Questions Answered Thoroughly
  • Overall Customer Service Experience

Stephanie CLE Monterey driving3. The last, but definitely not least, group of CLE stakeholders are the outstanding students we serve.

As I mentioned above, having the opportunity to serve these amazing young adults is a privilege. Each day we have the chance to shape what they may do with their future, and this is not something we take lightly or for granted. This past year, we saw remarkable accomplishments from CLE students both academically and in the area of Career Development. Such accomplishments included highest number of students student’s accepted and transferring to a 4-year University, being recognized with honors, and some career successes that continue to inspire us as an organization. Below is the list of student outcomes we were fortunate to witness this year as we’ve worked alongside our students.

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

John volunteering CLE Austin transition

  • John B. – Texas Tech University
  • Braden M. – University of Texas
  • Chase E. – University of Kansas
  • Jonathan G. – Hood University
  • Brent B. – Nova Southeastern University
  • Manuel P. – Art Institute
  • Danny R. – Lebanon Valley College
  • W.G. – McDaniel College
  • Meaghan A. – Cal State University Monterey Bay
  • John R. – Texas State University
  • Michael C. – Cal State University Monterey Bay
  • Christian K. – Saint Mary’s College

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

Ali CLE Fort Lauderdale grooming a dog

  • Brent B. – Network Services Certificate
  • Aaron E. – TV Production Certificate
  • James S. – General Education Diploma
  • Jordan W. – Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Manuel P. – Culinary Arts Certificate
  • Ali K. – Dog Grooming Certificate
  • Eric T. – Multi-Media Technology Certificate
  • Tyler W. – Culinary Arts Certificate
  • Robert G. – User Interface Design Certificate
  • Tara C. – Certificate of Achievement in Human Services
  • Stephanie P. – Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate
  • Evan R. – Web Design and Development Certificate
  • Eric T – Certificate of Achievement in Art Studio

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

Tom earns his A.A. Degree

  • Brent B. – Network Support, A.S.
  • Chase E. – General Studies, A.A.
  • Blake D. – Social Services, A.S.
  • Tom S.  – General Studies, A.A.
  • Michael T. – Social Science, A.A.
  • Tyler S. – Philosophy, A.S.
  • Meaghan A. – Social Sciences, A.A.
  • Michael C. – Business, A.S.
  • Nick E. – Natural Science, A.S.
  • David L. – Social Sciences, A.A.

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

Zack getting his first paycheck

  • Chase E. – Dean’s List
  • John B. – Phi Beta Kappa and Honors Society
  • Robert G. – Dean’s List
  • Tom S. – Dean’s List
  • Andrew W. – Dean’s List
  • W.G. – Dean’s List
  • Zack R. – Dean’s List
  • Alexa F. – Honor’s List & Recipient of 2014-2015 Autism Speaks Scholarship
  • Zack R. – Recipient of 2014-2015 Autism Speaks Scholarship
  • Kristen S. – Recipient of 2014-2015 Autism Speaks Scholarship
  • Steven S – Honor’s List
  • Ryan N – Honor’s List

Newsletter Articles – July 2014

Alexa success at CLE Costa Mesa

My name is Alexa and I am studying Early Childhood Education. I love working with children and I have always been good with them. I recently completed 4 successful semesters at Orange Coast Community College and now, I am a few classes away from earning my certificate and my Associates Degree. With my certificate, I hope to become a Teacher’s Aide. Eventually, I would like to go back to school to become a teacher.

Tom is Rockin' Out - CLE Washington D.C.

Ever since looking at colleges during his sophomore year in high school, Tom wanted to go to college away from home. Initially, he wanted to attend a school in Vermont, but Tom’s family suggested looking at College Living Experience to assist him in his academic and independent living skills development.

Chase's Graduation - CLE Fort Lauderdale

Chase came to CLE Davie in August 2012 ready to begin his college studies. From his first class through his last, he tackled every course diligently and persevered to keep his grades high. He took one day at a time and worked extremely hard to meet his obligations on time. Because he learned to organize himself, Chase graduated on the Deans List with a GPA of 3.54!


We are thrilled to announce that the Educational Foundation for Independence (EFFI) is now affiliated with Amazon Smile. For those of you who are not familiar with EFFI, it is a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising money to assist individuals with disabilities in accessing educational opportunities unique to their needs. EFFI’s mission is to is to provide scholarships in the form of tuition assistance for students to attend a number of K-12 private schools and college support programs for alternative learners, and early intervention services for young children with Autism.

John volunteering CLE Austin transition

Upon hearing that the theme for July’s newsletter would be student success stories, John B. was a student who immediately came to my mind. In the time I have worked in clinical and educational settings, few if any students have shown the drive and perseverance that John has displayed. John began his program at CLE Austin and at Austin Community College in August of 2011 and after 3 years of hard work, he will begin working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture at Texas Tech University in August 2014. I could not be more proud of John and his consistent effort in all areas of school and in his CLE program.

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