Computer Apprenticeship Program provides developmentally disabled youth between the ages of 16 and 24 with computer skills training which will enhance their ability to live and work independently within the community. The program is funded by an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant and was created in partnership with the Waterloo Region District School Board, Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Wilmot Technologies. In 2016 50 youth from 13 local high schools have been trained. The program is in demand with a wait list of students wanting to participate and/or return for advanced Training.
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Testimonial December 2016 – From a parent whose son is a participant in the Computer Apprenticeship Program
Our son has always struggled with knowing what direction his life would take him after finish school. His main enjoyment has always been working on the computer, but without the skills to do something marketable on the computer we did not see that his future would involve computers except on a recreational level.
When he heard about the CAP Program through his Life skills teacher at school, we immediately enrolled him in the course. And we are so thankful he was able to get in. He has excelled at the program and is often telling us it is his favorite part of his week. He always looks forward to Wednesday and Thursday mornings. As noted by his worker that goes with him, his focus while completing tasks (something he often struggles with) has been impressive.
We have a new found hope that he may be able to continue with this program and once finished can find some employment where he can use the skills he has acquired at this program.