Minnesota Life College (MLC), located in Richfield, Minnesota, is a not-for-profit, vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders.
We are proud to name CLP Activities Coordinator Camille Loughlin the Employee Spotlight for November 2015! She was selected for many reasons, but especially because of the great service she provides our graduates in the Community Living Program. Camille was praised by her peers for consistently going above and beyond to meet the needs of our young adults. Her innovative programming has helped them learn, have fun, and even become healthier. I interviewed Camille to learn a little more about her and the activities she coordinates for our CLP members.
We teach a lot of different skills at Minnesota Life College in order to inch our students closer and closer to independence. We specifically highlighted junior Thomas Johanson as the Student of the Month for November because of his huge success and immense improvement at a number of those life skills. The staff had so many words of praise for Thomas. Some of the compliments include how he has shown self-awareness when he’s overreacted recently, how he's often been the first to apologize, how self-regulating he is when he gets stuck on things, and how hard he’s worked in our Budget and Banking class. I asked him about his growth in those areas to get a sense of his experience at MLC.
Our CLP Spotlight for November, Alex Walters is a great example of someone who quickly, effectively transitioned from the undergraduate program to the Community Living Program. Stepping out of his comfort zone, he has thrived in CLP by reaching out to other members and making fast friends. In addition to that, Alex has excellently incorporated the independent living skills he learned during the undergraduate program now that he’s on his own. Ecstatic about his early success, we interviewed Alex about the changes, difficulties, and improvements.