TIES program honors community partners at annual event

A highly successful program for young adults with intellectual challenges will mark its eleventh year with a June 1 luncheon honoring the critical role played by its community partners. The TIES (Transition to Independence, Employment and Success) program provides a teacher, job coach and facilities for students, ages 18-22, to learn, practice and network within real life settings to achieve their goals of independence.

At the 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Sigsbee Base Community Center, TIES students will thank individuals, businesses, agencies and parents for their contribution to their educational, vocational and social accomplishments. Major partners include the Keys Collections Hotel Group, the Navy Exchange and Commissary, Destination Catering and Key West Sunrise Rotary.

“This opportunity to gather together to celebrate the students’ success and meet each other allows our partners to experience the totality of our program,” TIES teacher Ruth Holland said.

Monroe County Schools, Naval Air Station Key West and Florida Keys Community College created the program in 2005 to address the needs of students with unique abilities as they transition into adulthood.

TIES Program Community Partner Appreciation Event

June 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sigsbee Base Community Center

Media wishing to cover the event should contact Ruth Holland, ruth.holland@keysschools.com, 305-923-0288, for access to the base.




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