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Tom “Breaks a Leg”

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 Tom Schrank, CLE Student & Erica Buchholz, Student Services Coordinator

Tom CLE Washington D.C. White HouseEver 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.

“I toured the program, went for an interview and was accepted. I really wanted to learn these Independent Living Skills that CLE offered. I got to see an apartment and the complex where I would be living.” After that, he was headed to Rockville for his journey toward independence.

Upon beginning at CLE Rockville, Tom has been a very active participant in the Theatre Department at Montgomery College. Tom was cast in the Summer Dinner Theatre performances of Fiddler on the Roof and in the musical, Seussical. This very competitive program required auditions, call backs, and daily rehearsals.

Tom with Jim Henson CLE Washington D.C.When Tom was cast into Seussical, he, “Couldn’t believe the surprise! I thought, this is something to look forward to, even though I did not know the show before being cast into it. During the first call back, I sang “Master of the House” from Les Miserables. I also had to sing “How Lucky You Are,” on the spot, without practicing first. But I did well and got into the show.”

Looking back on his Seussical performances this summer, he “is thrilled to be a part of it, it is like the books that I read as a child actually came to life.”

Tom describes the hardest part about being an actor in a show is when there are distractions while on stage and trying to not lose concentration. “It is so important to not talk when you are backstage. In professional theatre, you could get fired for that.”

Tom is Rockin' Out - CLE Washington D.C.This spring Tom earned his Associates Degree in Theatre Performance and Acting, with an emphasis on Acting.

“I wasn’t able to predict when I would graduate. It took me time to go through the degree requirements for my major. I have been here for 4 years, I could not believe the time had come once the Spring 2014 semester had culminated.”

“I am moving back to my home state of Maine and hope to find a full-time job up there, or two part-time jobs. I have already started the job search, and I am using help from the CLE staff to apply for jobs, to locate them, and to determine what transportation to use in order to arrive at the location.”

“I’m proud with what I have learned here and how much it really means to live independently. Life after college can be hard, but I feel prepared and ready for life after college. It has been an incredibly journey.”

Newsletter Articles – July 2014

Stephanie Martin, President CLE

As 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.

AmazonSmile

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.

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.

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!

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.

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