Boveridge College Will Prepare Students to Work
Boveridge College will be opening its doors to 60 students, in both a residential and day placement program, September 11. The school is accepting students aged 16 to 25 who have Asperger’s Syndrome, autism and other anxiety and mental health issues.
The school was previously a home to a number of families. It was later opened as an elementary school to provide services to students with special needs. Boveridge College just went through a major re-modeling program to help it meet the needs of the students. One of the great things about this school is that it will be specializing in more of a vocational education curriculum.
The new principal, Kim Welsh said, “So many youngsters with Asperger’s, autism and other related conditions are unable to find work once they leave education. We want to change that so they can achieve meaningful employment.”
The program will prepare students to work in the field of agriculture, horticulture, events management and web design. One of the unique projects will allow the students to transform the 16-acre gardens into a working mini farm and kitchen garden to run as a business.
Once a country house, located in Dorset, it will open with the first intake of 14 students. According to Welsh the college will help the students to learn a wide range of skills which will help them to find meaningful employment following graduation. Welsh said, “We are thrilled to be opening Aurora Boveridge College. Students will get real hands-on experience in many areas of work so they can identify the things that truly connect with their individual passions.”
The principal went on to say, “so many youngsters with Asperger’s, autism and other related conditions are unable to find work once they leave education. We want to change that and empower our students to follow their passions so they can achieve meaningful employment once they leave us.”
There are so many exciting opportunities the college plans to offer the students. Aside from transforming the 16-acre gardens into a working ‘mini farm’ and kitchen garden, which will be run as a business, students will also create and operate a digital studio as part of their IT course. This will also involve print marketing and promotional materials for local businesses.
They will also operate a catering and events business which will include weddings and private events. This will be a part of the hospitality and catering course. Students will gain the opportunity to interact with a number of people after they restore the gardens, as following this, they will offer guided tours. The gardens were once a spectacular site. They were designed by the famous British horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll. The students will use her original drawings in an effort to recreate her early vision.
We need many programs like this to be available to our students throughout the United States and other countries. Hopefully this door will open in the future.
Until next time, have a good day, and take great care of yourself.