In Cathedral Home for Children’s Residential Treatment Program, we focus on treatment for the youth and also believe that education is a vital component. The Mae Olson Education Center (MOEC) is an educational environment where students are placed in classes that meet their level of competency. Many youth come to us behind on their school credits and with this, are in need of a strong credit recovery program. Through the school, the students are able to get caught up on credits while in the program and with smaller class sizes, are able to get the one-on-one instruction that they need to succeed in the classroom. Through this blog, we will be sharing a bit about what the classrooms are like, programs and opportunities available, and how MOEC implements the importance of building positive relationships to encourage success in the classroom.
At MOEC, the classroom is an environment where learning is a primary focus and an area where the youth are able to express themselves individually. MOEC has a 6:1 ratio for students to teachers, which gives the teachers an opportunity to work closely with their students, to form meaningful and supportive relationships with them, and to understand the students’ various learning styles. The relationships formed between the students and teachers are unique because the teachers are able to get know each of the youth as individuals. The teachers can then take what they know to be of interest to the youth and apply it to their methods of teaching. Not only do the teachers have an impact on the student in the educational environment, but they also have an impact on them in their overall treatment. They are someone that the student can talk to and are an adult figure that can help guide the youth down the right path, helping them to form positive relationships with their peers and with others involved in their treatment.
Not only does the student-to-teacher ratio have a major impact on the students, but the various programs offered give the students unique vocational opportunities to explore. MOEC offers a wide variety of Vocational Programs that include; The Iron Riders Bike Program, Culinary Arts and a full service, student run coffee shop. Through these programs, the youth are able to explore various vocational areas to see which one best suits them and their personality. A unique aspect of these programs is that many of our youth are able to turn the skills learned through MOEC’s Vocational Programs into jobs in the community.
With our Vocational Programs, we also offer opportunities for students to express themselves and to find a healthy and productive outlet to get their mind off of what they may be going through. MOEC offers a comprehensive Art Program to the students to provide an outlet for them to be able to process their emotions and to make a connection with what they are creating. MOEC also offers students, whom are at a good place in their treatment, the opportunity to play organized sports through the local public school system. This provides numerous opportunities to the youth such as helping the students learn about different sports and the mindset that it takes to be a part of a team. With the team aspect, it also gives the youth another support system outside of their cottage and CHC. There are many benefits to the programs that MOEC has to offer; from learning how to build positive relationships to identifying an outlet to be able to express their inner struggles in a positive manner.
MOEC would not be where it is today without the amazing and dedicated teachers and staff. With tremendous commitment and creativity, the staff is able to provide students with the educational support that they need through their treatment programs, helping them to get caught up and prevent them from falling further behind in school.
Restoring hope, strengthening relationships and building futures is at the heart of what we do across all of our programs. Every day, the employees work to build positive relationships with the youth in our care in hopes that the youth can one day build relationships that contribute to a brighter future for themselves.
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