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Serving children with learning differences

Trinity and MetroTech partner to provide students technical training while they finish high school

Twelve incoming juniors and seniors will start a new program next fall. These students will split their time between Trinity School and MetroTech to obtain technical certificates while finishing their high school education. This unique partnership allows Trinity students to attend MetroTech’s technical training programs for free. Unlike other metro area schools, Trinity students can attend the campus of their choosing, even if the campus isn’t within their home district.

Trinity students must apply and be approved to enter the MetroTech program. Once accepted, classroom accommodations and modifications are incorporated as they are at Trinity. Moreover, MetroTech provides a special education liaison who helps students navigate the new program and other courses at MetroTech. This resource ensures they are receiving the support they need.

“I’m excited about attending MetroTech in the fall, and I can’t wait to see what I can do and learn in this program,” said Trevor Rogers, who will be entering the digital cinema and web design program. “It makes me feel better that they understand my learning difference and what I need to be successful in the program. I want to try my hardest and learn things I never knew.”

On average, over 75 percent of Trinity School graduates enter technical training or certification programs after high school, while less than 15 percent enter colleges or universities. The relationship with MetroTech allows Trinity juniors and seniors to explore career options while still attending high school. In addition, the MetroTech experience provides a path to either continue their technical training or pursue a different track to higher education. 

“An important part of our upper school program is to help Trinity students build confidence, self-advocacy, and the skills needed to successfully transition to the next phase of their education or career once they leave Trinity – no matter what they choose to do,” said Lisa Schade, CEO of Trinity School. “MetroTech’s collaborative engagement with our faculty will create a natural extension of our learning environment on their campus and provide the resources our students need to succeed.”

The Trinity students starting at MetroTech next fall will enter a wide range of programs, including culinary arts, biomedical science, construction, digital cinema, web development, computer repair, welding, graphic design, and cosmetology. Students will attend Trinity School in the morning and MetroTech in the afternoon. MetroTech will provide transportation between their Springlake Campus and the Trinity School campus. 

Students, teachers, and parents celebrated during a Signing Day event with MetroTech on May 18. The event showcased the students’ commitment to attend and complete their career training programs. In addition, it underscored MetroTech’s commitment to Trinity students to provide them with specialized education to increase their success in their respective programs.  

MetroTech Superintendent and CEO Aaron Collins said, “We’re pleased that our faculty has the ability to tailor training for students and ensure they are receiving the support they need to succeed. We look forward to seeing the students this fall.”

And the students are excited as well. 

“I’m looking forward to doing something that involves more of my personality. I’m creative and put my ideas into work,” Tyler Taylor said, who is going into the graphic design program. “I’m a little bit nervous, but I know it will be exhilarating because I’ve never done anything like this. I know that I’ll have a lot in common with the other students, and I know the faculty will be supportive.”

Matthew Kuykendall is entering the welding program, following in the footsteps of his grandfather. “I’m excited because I always wanted to be a welder like my grandpa,” he said. “His work was fascinating, so learning to be a welder, too, will be a fun experience and open so many possibilities for my future.”

“I always wanted to be a comic artist, and I think the programs I chose will really help me in life,” Sean Hart said, who chose the digital cinema and web design program. “This will bring something totally new to my education, and it certainly won’t be boring.”

Taetum Abernathy is going into the culinary arts program. “I was nervous during the application process, but now that I got in, I am really excited. I want to learn how to bake and decorate so that I can open my own bakery someday.”