The L.I.F.E. Academy is a tuition-free Lee County charter school for middle and high school students with developmental disabilities seeking Special Diplomas (Options 1 & 2). The school’s individualized programs are designed to successfully transition young adults with developmental disabilities into post-school adult living. In addition to providing functional academic skills, the L.I.F.E. Academy curriculum provides life skills to promote independence.
The school’s vocational training program is open to qualified L.I.F.E. Academy students. The program consists of vocational assessments, career exploration activities, job-hunting soft skills, and paid internships. Recently, L.I.F.E. Academy transition program participants completed internships working at Goodwill’s processing plant, stores, Goodwill Secure Shred, and Shopgoodwill.com.
The Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy is a program of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. http://www.goodwillswfl.org.
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Goodwill operates 24 thrift stores in SW Florida to support its mission of removing barriers to independence. Programs include income-sensitive housing, career placement assistance, the L.I.F.E. Academy Charter School, Four Wheels for Work, and others.