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Many of our programs offer our students the opportunity to take courses and gain certifications in Information Technology, including A+ certification through CompTIA, a non-profit trade association. It’s one thing to hear about the impact that these programs have on our kids, but as Eric Larson soon learned, it’s pretty powerful to witness it first-hand.
In an effort to prompt positive career paths and opportunities for students, AMIkids White Pines’ Career Coordinator Department hosted a “Marine’s Tour and Talk” where students learned about opportunities offered by the US Marine Corp and ways they could benefit from shaping their future with discipline and prestige by serving our country!
AMIkids White Pines students participated in the Annual 2015 Summer Olympics at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. AMIkids student participants from Florida, Louisiana, and local camps from South Carolina participated in the long awaited event in which students put their skills to the test!
Mrs. Starlin Phelps, the Prevention Coordinator at Union Alcohol and Drug, will be conducting an eleven week program entitled Why Try with our students at AMIkids White Pines.
During the first week of May, the students at AMIkids White Pines began designing cards to be mailed off to their mothers for Mother’s Day. The boys worked really hard writing poems, coloring, and decorating them to make sure they were perfect to send to their mothers.
Several staff and students from AMIkids White Pines, volunteered at the annual Spartanburg Spring Fling on May 1-3. The students collected trash while they were there as a way to help their community.
AMIkids White Pines took the AMIkids Winter Challenge Event by storm this past January, taking home the top honor amongst residential programs. The happiness and pride our kids felt after performing so well has spurred them on to work even harder in their classes and in their life skills, which continues to show how special these challenge events are.
This poem, written by one of our kids at AMIkids White Pines in English class, provides a unique insight into the thoughts of our kids, the challenges they face, and the hope they have to fulfill their potential. This goes to show how the students perceive what is going on in the camps around them; even if we are not always able to observe this.The work we do each day is important and meaningful and we truly make a difference with each student that we encounter!
The kids involved in the AMIkids White Pines Information Technology vocational training program presented their skills at a board meeting at a local church. Their instructor, Justin Koepke, has been preparing them to take their CompTIA A+ certification tests which will allow students to obtain careers in the Information Technology field once they are released from the program. This certification could allow the students to start their own business troubleshooting or fixing computers.
Camp #2 at AMIkids White Pines is in full operation and the number of kids in the program grows by the day. We are extremely excited to be able to help more kids, especially those that are facing significant relational or behavioral problems, to provide them additional care and individualized attention needed to transform their lives. We put our kids first at AMIkids White Pines and we are excited for what this additional program can do to propel these kids to a bright future.
AMIkids White Pines announces that it has been awarded funding to develop vocational training and job placement programs provided by the grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to AMIkids earlier this year. The training will provide AMIkids White Pines students the certifications and tools they need to be job-ready when they complete the program, qualifying them for immediate employment.
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