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Program for Developmentally Disabled Adults-Open House May 18

Catawba Valley Community College’s Next Step day program for developmentally disabled adults will hold an open house on Wed., May 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Sandie Loyer, director of CVCC’s Basic Skills Program, says the open house is an excellent opportunity for parents, guardians or caregivers of developmentally disabled adults age 17 or older to learn more about the educational opportunities the Next Step program offers.

Parents, guardians and prospective students are encouraged to visit the open house where they can explore the classrooms and meet faculty to learn more about Next Step.

CVCC’s Next Step Program focuses on student’s individual goals. Students can develop their reading, math, writing, life and social skills. They study North Carolina history, American history, cooking, and participate in job skills and job readiness training. Students can improve their skills in self-determination, self-advocacy, problem solving and citizenship.  They build social skills and learn appropriate behavior.

Students like 24-year-old Taryn Stinson find inspiration in the Next Step classroom. “I love attending CVCC because I learn things. The teachers are great, and they inspire me to learn more and make friends,” she said. Stinson loves homework and especially enjoys special projects where she learns more about people. Through the skills she practices in Next Step, she has been able to find work.

Curtis Rector also has found the Next Step program helpful when it comes to employment. He has worked for many years as a bus boy at O’Charley’s restaurant in Hickory.

For more information, contact Darlene Hudson, 828-327-7000, ext. 4268.

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