By Janet Hrezo, Brevard Center Staff
Students and staff at the Brevard Center got together in July to say goodbye to five students who are leaving CIP and taking the next step forward in their lives. All of us are very proud of them and of what they have accomplished.
David K. is headed to Houston. At CIP, David earned an AA degree and received his A+ Certification. As an intern, his work at the Brevard Criminal Justice Center and Wuesthoff Hospital was exemplary. His leadership skills were evident while at the Brevard Center whether he was mentoring other students working in IT, co-leading the Drama Club or serving on the Student Senate.
Brian K. is going home to North Dakota. While at CIP, he began working on a pharmacy technician certification that he will continue to pursue and he performed very well as an intern at a local pharmacy. As a member of the Drama Club, Brian demonstrated his great skill as an actor and was July’s Student of the Month.
Ben Ke. received his AA while at CIP and is entering the Rosen School of Hospitality at the University of Central Florida in Orlando in August. Named the 2009 -2010 Upperclassman Student of the Year, Ben demonstrated his many skills while interning, working with the Student Senate and as a member of the Drama Club.
Daniel E. is returning to Seattle. He earned a College Credit Certificate as an Office Specialist and, most recently, completed a successful internship at Project Response. Daniel was the winner of the Brevard Center’s National Art Contest for his photography and, as a member of the Drama Club, was a writer, director and actor.
Chris K. completed his BA in Psychology at the University of Central Florida while at the Brevard Center and he’s moving to Houston. Chris was given the CIP Ambassador Award for 2009 – 2010 and has been a presenter at conferences and workshops. He served on the Student Senate and, as a former member of Brevard Community College’s Chorus and CIP’s Drama Club, proved himself a talented performer. Most recently, Chris worked with high school students in our summer program.
Each of these students encountered obstacles and had setbacks on the road to success but, through determination and hard work, they prevailed. They have discovered their career interests and worked on developing the skills they need to achieve their goals. They have advanced academically and have learned independent living skills and how to maintain a healthier lifestyle. They have used their executive functioning and social skills training to gain self-confidence and have become better able to self-advocate.
We will miss them and wish them all the best. Thanks to Chris, Daniel, David, Brian and Ben for letting us be part of your incredible journey.