Learning marketable tech skills

Tech Class Update- Tailoring Learning Tracks for Optimal Learning and Engagement

Last week we started learning about databases and how to get started using the most popular open source database, MySQL.

Each student is also well into their personal development tracks for optimal learning and engagement.

Students are working on all sorts of things from javascript browser games to polishing up design portfolios.

I’ve also had the chance to continue to meet with each student one on one and go over how they are doing,

setting goals with them and tailoring their learning track to something they find engaging

while still developing marketable tech skills.

–Erik, TFL Tech Coach

Phase two advancements ceremony

TechieForLife Student Advancements- Congratulations!

Congratulations Amber and Joseph!!

Both of these students have advanced from phase one to phase two.

Amber was able to advance right before our winter break and Joseph advanced a few weeks after.

Each student was excited to receive the coveted “keys” to the Nest. 

In order to advance from one phase to another,

students need to complete the current phase,

meet with the program director,

keep weekly SMART goals,

and go before the students for a vote.

We can’t wait to see what each of them can do with phase two.

–Kristin, TFL Program Director

Advancing to phase two
TechieForLife Coding Ceremony Certificate

Certificate Ceremony For Tech Classes At TechieForLife

Back in December, TechieForLife held a certificate ceremony to wrap up the end of the semester.

Students received certificates once they had shown a foundation of literacy, skill, knowledge, and application in coding and design skill sets.

Our students have worked hard over the past semester and it was a great opportunity to recognize their hard work and success as they press forward in Coding and Design.

 

Brittani

Welcome Our New Mentor Brittani Sprunt!

TFL would like to welcome Brittani to our TFL family.

Brittani is a new mentor and we are excited to get to know her better.

She is from South Jordan, Utah and graduated from the best high school ever. (I may be a little biased since that is where I graduated as well!)

Brittani enjoys dancing, cooking and horseback riding.

Her dream vacation would be to cruise the Caribbean.

If she could pick one super power it would be superhuman strength and speed.

Brittani was introduced to her husband by a mutual friend and they have been married for a year and a half.

She and her husband moved down to St. George in August to attend Dixie State University where Brittani is studying Radiology with an emphasis in sonography.  —Kristin, TFL Program Director

TFL Student Internship Update

In the internship, Dylan and I are working for Busybusy as testers in the Quality Assurance department.

We tested out the web-app that tracks time on each employee in a company; mostly for construction companies.

On the first day, I tested the app on the web that’s on beta, and found a bug.

I found another on the next day.

Then I was assigned to do regression testing on an iOS device.

I just document a report on how the app works; like how it creates, update, delete/archive, etc.

From the last days of August to now, it was great.

I’m very well productive, and well steady than my last job.

I get well paid for part time.

I hope I can go full time, and/or be close to my home doing this. – -Dave, TFL student

Feedback lesson

“Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions” -Life Skills

You can often hear the quote “Feedback is the breakfast of champions” around the halls of TFL, a quote which is attributed Ken Blanchard.

Over the past few weeks we have been discussing feedback during some of our life skills classes.

The students have been learning how to give feedback in a positive, constructive way as well as how to receive the feedback.

Feedback can be hard to hear and at time even harder to give.

Giving the students the opportunity to learn and try their hand at this in a safe environment is what we do at TFL.

We have also been learning about team work, personal power and where it comes from, and making decisions.

Each one of these topics is used in everyday life experiences.

From working relationships to relationships in the community and at home, each of us can benefit from increasing our skills in these areas to help live a more fulfilling life. –Kristin, TFL Program Director