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

Tour of Rx TRAX Medication Shipment Company

TFL Students Tour Rx Trax- Medication Shipments Company

We went to see Rx Trax

which is a company that tracks medication shipments.

One of our teachers, Ryan, works here,

so we got to see the platform they use as well as the coding behind it.

The company plays an important role in the medical field

and the tour itself gave us a glimpse of that.

It was cool seeing what Ryan does as a programmer,

the platform and code looks very interesting.

–Reid, TFL Student

Mentoring moment personal

Mentor Moment With Cam…It’s Personal

As mentors we focus on what’s good for the students emotionally and socially.

Usually this revolves around a predetermined schedule of events that the mentors and students agree on.

Sometimes individual needs come up and we wonder what the best thing for the student is, given the new information, and how best to proceed.

Do we try to meet group needs or individual needs?

I think both.

Sometimes the best thing for the individual and the group is to show the group how important individual progress is by focusing on the one student who needs extra support.

At times this comes at the expense of rearranging the schedule, which can be uncomfortable, but we find that most often changes can be made that actually improve progress.

That’s something I like about TFL.

It’s personal.

We work individually on what the best thing is for each student.

Not everybody gets treated exactly the same.

It’s definitely not robotic like that.

I’m finding that assembly line education doesn’t work for our demographic, especially not in meeting emotional and social needs.

Knowing how to improvise to help in the best way possible separates mentors from line staff, and is a skill I really value here at TFL.

—Cam, TFL Mentor

 

New rock climber

A New Rock Climber Born…

Cambron often takes some of the students, especially Dallin, rock climbing.

They encouraged me to come along and try it, and

even though I was hesitant,

I decided to take them up on the offer a few weeks ago.

It was a little scary at first, but it was pretty fun.

It’s a great way to exercise, and it gave me a significant feeling of accomplishment when I got to the top of the climb.

I’ll definitely try it again. 

—Joseph, TFL student

"Wild Bunch" escapes...

“The Wild Bunch” Escapes…

We were named the, “The Wild Bunch” when we entered the escape room!

We had one hour to find Butch Cassidy’s gun

and we worked hard as a team solving puzzles,

using our nose to smell things and identify different scents,

we struggled with trying to figuring out anagrams

and unfortunately those anagrams held us back from finding Butch Cassidy’s gun

but we had a lot of fun working together.

It was fun to see how everyone’s brains worked so differently in the way they looked at the puzzles

but how each one contributed in helping us move closer and and closer to finding the gun.

— Brittani, TFL Mentor

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