Shepherds College, Senior Vice President, Benjamin I discussed on Startup Showcase with Scott Kitun


Some students that you have in your community that might benefit from a place like shepherds college. We're individuals with intellectual disabilities are encouraged to reach potential, and so many different ways horticulture that greenhouse is amazing which is part of the tour coming up at the open house and the preview and. You know, that greenhouse was just so wonderful. How many there are thousands of plants that these students are working? Yes. Yeah. I mean, which which is great because you're really trying to teach them and train them. Just what it looks like to, you know, do range moments. I mean take care of yards. I mean, you know, businesses I mean, all sorts of things, and they love it. We are talking to to bride page. He is a senior vice president of development at et shepherds college. And when I was there one of the someone who works with landscaping was formerly of student. I believe. I. I can't think off leave only been there for about three years right to to. I don't want to extend your stay, right? Exactly. Ask for a raise. We want more time off as the money listener, if they can't make it to one of the open house or preview dates is there a way to perhaps schedule a tour of the campus. Yeah. There's it's it's not restricted. So somebody doesn't have to only come on preview day or an open house. You can come in those plenty of people that you did. So somebody can actually just go ahead, and they could call they can say I'm going to be coming in town is possibly can come by. So we have several staff that are prepared to go ahead and take someone around give them tours. I mean, that's nice thing that we do because you know, sometimes it may not be a family that's tied to a student. It may be a donor. It may business. That's interested in saying. Hey, what if there's some things that we can maybe partner with you? And so we strongly encourage that because I think that's impactful when people actually get on the campus and see it. That's it really is a I opening and a wonderful experience. Meet some of the students take a tour, and this is again in southern wiscon-. His across the border with the name of the town union grove, Wisconsin growth and another listener asks from eight one five does social emotional disability qualify there does. That's where really the all the assessment process really comes in. So any student that is looking to potentially come to shepherds the families end of working with the staff, they go through kind of the whole process of really seeing what the fit is. Because we we have a combination you, and I talked about, you know, students that have down syndrome students that have Ashburn students that are on this tick, my son's situation's a little bit different. He didn't really have a diagnosis like that. Because he had a bleed at birth. And so I had a shunt placed. So he was really diagnosed as really having cognitive delays. But everybody's situation is different. And so really, you just look and see, you know, part of the process is that is a student going to be able to manage themselves work within an environment. Can they follow? Instructions work workers team interact with other students. But again, they're all all different. And so yeah, definitely is not a disqualifier. And for those who get perhaps missed the first part of the conversation. It is designed to be as as familiar as everybody else has come to understand the college campus with classrooms, obviously in different departments. And there is a dorm. There's a dorm where students are paired with a roommate, and they have a, you know, a common kitchen area. There's also obviously the cafeteria refer to eat then that's for the first year the second year, there's a two bedroom. Fantastic. Well, it reminded me so much going. I mean, you know, exactly what we said traditional, right? The thing the sort of when you have a child that you're told earlier in their life that they will, you know, there's a world of nevers all of a sudden they never gonna do this. They're never gonna live independently. They're never, you know, you start thinking all those things that that are impossible. That's door opens the tells, you know, so much more is possible. It's really beautiful. It was like for you for the open house are because we have on my wife. We we went and when we actually decided to go and do the open house. I'm as I said, it was it was I opening. I mean, really stunning. I remember when we went through and just you see all of these different opportunities. You said kind of the world of the nevers, and we had all that, you know, he's not gonna walk. He's not gonna talk. Right. You're just basically thinking that. Boy. I mean, what's life going to be like, and then people can also be very insensitive and in cruelty? To another extent. But to go through the process, and then be sitting kind of in the main building that we call the Finley center and then ask him Benjamin. Just what do you think? And he said I'd love to go to college like herald was his older brother, and I'm like, wow, he was able to process that himself that he wants to have these same opportunities. I mean, you know, because they wanna live independently sometimes, unfortunately, and we've experienced it as parents, you're so used to almost holding them back and cobbling and protecting and rightfully so. But yet they want to be able to experience, you know, Benjamin wants to have an opportunity to drive whether he's ever able to do that is a different story. But they see things that other people do and they don't see themselves as being restricted. And so it it was really just a powerful experience for us. And then then you're trying to figure out how to make it happen. When you come back next. I want to address address some of the funding to mentioned before that will invite you back, you know, briefly. There is invested up. I get to come back. Absolutely. Who are interested in finding out more as well. The the information about funding and how you can apply for grants and things like that is available on the website as well. Right. And the fact of because we're accredited that's that's a huge deal. So people can go ahead. And just like, you know, we've talked about going to a standard college university. You can go through and fill out FAFSA. So people can get financial aid. We've got Pell grants. I mean, there's also options because of the credit Asian, which which is huge a lot of schools that could just be that. It's just a program, but knowing that you specifically have those pieces in place really makes a huge difference. As and kids is, you know, Bryan Chan right who I work closely with our vice president expansion. He is he starts up telling families kids want to go to college. Right. And so when these kids that have intellectual disabilities can say, I want to go to college like, my brother, you know, that means something it's not just going to shepherds. It's going to shepherds college. When Benjamin I came home. That's all he was like, I'm in college. Now that was a big big deal. And it still is let's help so many more kids in college. Now. Right. Really does. Thank you so much. So we've been talking to Brian page the senior vice president of development at shepherd's college. Again, the dates that you want to know about to visit the campus you can visit on preview days on April twenty six or may tenth. They're gonna be a few more in the fall as well. We they would love for you to register. So they know how many folks are gonna show up at the shepherds, college dot EDU the open houses on may fourth. You don't have to register..

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