The ECHO Academy is a structured teaching environment that enhances individuals’ purpose, independence and employability. The ECHO Academy complements our Employment, Day Support, and Transportation services. The Academy encompasses five areas of focus: Hygiene; Computer Skills; Life Skills; Social Skills, Personal/Community Skills; and, Vocational Development.
We recently delivered certificates to 17 participants in the LIFE Program who successfully completed sessions in the ECHO Academy. Pictured are five participants who were excited to have earned certificates for Work Readiness I, a vocational skill-building class that met twice a week for eight weeks. The students learned about the importance of attendance, punctuality, concentration, and other topics that will help them be successful when employed. The session culminated in a visit to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office where the participants put to practice the skills they learned. Students who successfully completed this session were then eligible to register for Work Readiness II. Also during the session, eleven participants successfully completed a curriculum on Basic Hygiene, meeting twice weekly to learn about and practice skills such as handwashing, body washing, tooth brushing, first aid, privacy, and manners. We recently heard from a family member who stated the class was having a positive impact on a participant’s involvement in brushing his teeth at home. We are pleased to continuously offer structured training for our participants.
The Academy uses curriculum-based training in over 200 focus areas—including life skills, vocational development, computer technology, and social skills—as well as personalized training sessions designed by the ECHO staff.
For more information please contact Valerie Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (571) 707-8244.