Hello my name is Matthew.  VATC  has helped me grow as a person as I’m entering adulthood, I’m going to be 21 this month.  When I  look back from a year and a half ago, when I started going to VATC I was shy, but now I’m taking a public speaking class at Palomar. The teachers at VATC have supported me through it all.  They help me with some of my assignments and when I have meetings with my counselor, they go with me.   They taught me how to use public transportation and now I can ride the bus and the sprinter by myself.  That helps me be independent because now I can get to work, to Palomar and anywhere I want to go by myself.  

As well, they help me with job interview skills, job training and they help us get a job.  I feel comfortable talking to the teachers at VATC if something is going on at home because they really care about everyone.   

"I like VATC because it feels like my second home. It doesn't feel like anywhere else.  The teachers welcome you and they'll support you.  The biggest things I've learned coming here is learning how to ride the city bus and get more job skills.  When I first graduated high school I didn't have any job experience, but I got job training at VATC.  They taught me how to apply for jobs,  make a resume and practice for job interviews.  I had an opportunity to work through WorkAbility and get a lot of job training and help my confidence.  Now I am working full time, on my own, at a resort and I love it.  If I didn't have the support from VATC, I don't think I would be able to have the job I have now.  Coming to VATC will teach you how to become a young independent adult and you will have fun going out in the community too.  I feel really proud of what I've learned for the last 4 years at VATC."  
Nichelle Yackel