ty_320x240Ty is a Grade 12 student in Terrace, BC who is well on his way to success even beyond graduation. Ty is a hard-working academic student with an interest in woodwork, metalwork, and trades. So when the opportunity to participate in the ACE-IT Program through Northwest Community College presented itself he enrolled. The program allows high school students to gain up to 2 years of college education while they complete their high school diploma and to gain 480 apprenticeship hours as they work toward a trade. Ty is currently being paid and gaining apprenticeship hours as a plumber as he completes his high school requirements.

When Ty isn’t working or studying, his passion and hobbies are motocross riding and snowmobiling. In fact, Ty has won several BCMA awards for motocross. When Ty was first referred for a functional vision assessment in grade 7, Nici Decario, Vision Resource Teacher, was puzzled as Ty obviously has little difficulty with distance vision. However, she listened to Ty’s concerns about not being able to see his books and detected a problem with his near vision which was later confirmed by an optometrist. Ty was provided with a SET-BC laptop with MAGIC screen enlargement and Kurzweil. In junior high school Ty had been less than enthusiastic about using large print materials. However, with the new laptop he was able to access electronic texts and novels from ARC-BC and to succeed academically.

Ty uses his newest SET-BC computer daily in his classes. With one of his first paychecks Ty purchased a Samsung cell phone with a larger screen. Ty is a young man who is well prepared for a bright future.

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