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Success Story: Lee

June 30, 2015

This young man grew up on the family farm, where he learned about farming and how to fix old things. This is where he discovered he liked to work with his hands! 

Lee attended Florence High School and was on an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) because of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other learning disabilities. The IEP also addressed areas of self-direction, interpersonal skills and communication. 

Growing up on the farm, Lee’s interests fell in the areas of electrical work, mechanics and truck driving. Lee participated in the Project Skills program, working at Hurkes Implement in Watertown during high school. This opportunity provided him with a variety of work experiences.  

Lee met with vocational rehabilitation services in high school, which assisted him with the Project Skills opportunity. Through guidance and counseling, he decided he wanted to attend Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI). Vocational rehabilitation services assisted with tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and assistive technology. Lee worked with DakotaLink staff to determine what assistive technology would be appropriate for him. He utilized a digital recorder as well as learned how to utilize Dragon Naturally Speaking and Math Advantage.  

He obtained an associate’s degree in small engine repair from MTI. Following this, he attended Lake Area Technical Institute and took a class to assist him in obtaining a commercial driver’s license. 

Lee is a full-time employee with Kent Roe, Inc., in Hayti, S.D. He is a truck driver and works more than 40 hours a week. He also receives a full health insurance package. At the young age of 23, Lee is working full time and earning benefits. He was living on his own, but made the decision to move home to assist his mother who recently had surgery. 

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