2017 Career Connect Recipient
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 CAREER CONNECT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT, LINDA SAFFLE!
Now in it's sixth year, the CCYP Career Connect Scholarship has awarded $95,000 worth of scholarships to 35 local recipients (ages 21+) to return to school, train in a new profession, or to take a course to develop their professional life on Cape Cod.
Linda Saffle was awarded the $2,500 scholarship. Linda will be attending George Washington University (online) for a Master's Degree in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services. Linda is currently a Direct Care Professional for Day Services for Transitions Centers Inc. in South Yarmouth. There, she mentors and provides individually tailored services to individuals with disabilities.
Linda is the Sandwich Special Education Parent Advisory Council Chair, advocating for students with special needs in Sandwich and around the Cape. She’s also a Federation for Children with Special Needs trained advocate where she presents workshops around the Cape and volunteer to oversee all educational decisions for a student in DCF care. Finally, as a Girl Scout troop leader and Girl Scout Service Unit Coordinator (overseeing Bourne and Sandwich Girl Scout troops), she teaches girls new skills, empowers them and develops their leadership skills, confidence and character through badge work, field trips, camping trips, service projects and mentoring future leaders.
"As a mother to children with special needs, my career interests have taken a major turn from economics and business to special education, transition planning and disability services. After staying home to raise my children, I now work at a day habilitation program providing services to individuals with disabilities, facilitating greater community integration and ensuring members make effective progress on their service plan goals. With respect to my career goals, there is opportunity to pursue a career in transition planning and services on the Cape. Because local schools lack resources to offer proper transition planning, transition services offered by social service agencies are growing for youth ages 16 to 22. I envision myself working for an adult service agency that provides transition services or in a university position in disability services. On the Cape, I see a significant need in two areas: (1) transition services for youth with disabilities ages 16 to 22 and (2) adult day programs for high functioning individuals with disabilities. Ultimately, I would love to start my own agency to meet these needs. Graduate study at The George Washington University would close my knowledge gap, allow me to study the latest research on best practices in the field of secondary special education and transition planning and empower me to help fellow Cape Codders with disabilities improve their skills and become more independent.”