One of our favorite activities here at TFL is to head out to the open land for shooting practice.
Hunter, currently in an apprenticeship with Justin Sip Custom Guns. He has developed a very strong love and passion for guns and therefore is always willing to share that with us here.
Hunter owns many guns and takes the time to teach the students proper gun safety as well as unique tips about each gun.
This trip we had the opportunity to shoot: AK 47, Luger, Desert Eagle, Bolt Actions, and shot guns. We had targets to practice on as well as clay pigeons.
-Brittani, TFL Assistant Program Director
I’m really liking the idea that teach-ability is a quality of a true leader.
I’ve noticed that those students who exhibit a desire to learn and a willingness to seek and respond to suggestions from others really accelerate the rate at which they improve.
I think this is important in any position, but it seems to be especially important in a mentoring position.
Mentors need to be pros at seeking and responding to feedback.
We need to be able to seek it from our employers and supervisors, as well as from our mentees.
Making this behavior a part of ourselves truly creates real leadership.
— Cam, TFL Mentor
During our trip to Sand Hollow Reservoir,
I felt the first real connection with my new Techie For Life family, and it made me proud to be a part of TFL.
We brought Roo (TFL’s emotional support dog) along, and he seemed to be having a blast, although he shivered a lot.
Cam helped some people move a giant inflatable flamingo across the reservoir.
We had some good laughs, and I feel like everyone seemed a bit more themselves than I had previously seen.
I like to think everyone else got to know me a little bit better as a result.
I definitely felt like I got to know Joseph better after we drove back.
—Astrid, TFL Student
The canyoneering trip was an experience I’ll never forget.
It was an optional activity that me, Dallin, and Grady went on with Cam in Yankee Doodle canyon.
Once we started, it was impossible to climb back out the way we started, so we got to really push our limits.
There was hiking, climbing, rappelling, chimney-crawling through slot canyons, wading, and even some swimming.
The canyon was beautiful, and there were lots of purple flowers blooming.
It was warm outside, but the water was freezing cold.
I was exhausted physically and emotionally by the end, but it felt great to have accomplished it.
—Amber, TFL Student
We toured two local companies; InfoWest and MetaShield.
InfoWest is a pretty sweet company, the atmosphere there was friendly and relaxed.
We got to see their help desk room as well as their server room.
Anyone with a background in Information Technology would agree that they feel at home when entering their help desk room.
MetaShield is a company that creates advanced coatings for materials like glass.
We got to see their chemistry room where “all the magic happens.”
We also got to see their highly advanced, scientific, machinery that’s used to measure various different properties of whatever coating they’re testing.
—Reid, TFL Student