For the last two years, the TECHniques Center has been an integral partner with Project CASE: Connections for Academic Success and Employment, a grant project with the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research at Texas Tech University. This grant project connects students with developmental disabilities who want to obtain a postsecondary academic degree or certificate to university and community resources so that they can be successful academically, find internships or volunteer opportunities, and develop job skills.
Several TECHniques Center students participate in this grant project. Students meet with their Academic Counselors and Project CASE staff in monthly meetings to develop strengths, identify challenges, and create plans for success. The extra support these students receive has helped many of them find valuable internships in their areas of interest in the Lubbock community.
Ashley Franklin, a TECHniques Center student and Project CASE participant, recently graduated from Texas Tech University with her Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences with emphases in Human Development and Family Studies, Nutrition, and Psychology. During her time in the TECHniques Center and Project CASE, she interned with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and helped teach nutrition lessons to youth. “If it wasn’t for this amazing group, I surely wouldn’t have been able to do it,” she said.
You can read more about Project CASE by visiting http://cms.educ.ttu.edu/news-and-information/newsletter/september-newsletter-2011/deann-new-grant