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The Life Long Learning program branch is a continuing education program branch, structured around program rooms that provide specific areas of study, with a program philosophy that potential is achieved through continuous learning. Program rooms deliver opportunities to work on core learning skills (reading, writing, math, money skills, time skills, and comprehension), self-advocacy, self-expression and expressive thought, vocational readiness, communication skills, health promoting activity, and access to a variety of technology. Specific program rooms of the branch and their purpose include:
Technology Enabled Learning Centers: The Technology Enabled Learning Centers (TELC) is a program dedicated to the continued advancement of the individual’s core learning skills. The TELC instructors utilize both traditional teaching methods and software-based teaching methods to work on the core learning values of reading, writing, math, money skills, time skills, computer skills and comprehension.
The prevailing philosophy of the Technology Enabled Learning Centers (TELC) program is that intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are disabilities of delayed learning not capped learning. Unfortunately, too many adults with I/DD are removed from formal work on their learning skills, to begin transition programs post- high school, at a time when new gains in learning could still be had. A philosophy that learning is delayed and not capped infers that the individual with I/DD should be given more time than less to acquire their maximum skill level. The TELC program rooms utilize both traditional teaching methods and software-based teaching methods to work on the core learning values of reading, writing, math, money skills, time skills, computer skills and comprehension. The Developmental Training program regularly invests in new technology and teaching materials to keep learning opportunities fresh and with best practices.