FAIRMONT, W.Va.- Pierpont Community and Technical College administrators have partnered with West Virginia Autism to create a new online training program.
Members from the college, as well as the West Virginia Autism Training Center, signed an official agreement on Monday to launch their new autism mentoring training program. It is designed for paraprofessionals, teachers, or parents who are looking for additional knowledge on how to help students.
“We needed to increase accessibility throughout the state for those paraprofessionals that are dealing with the autistic population to help them, give them the tools and resources that they need,” said Kimberly Cale with Pierpont Community and Technical College.
Anyone who completes the program will receive certification to become an autism mentor. Experts said this is important because the need for qualified mentors is rapidly increasing.
“We have many students with autism, every county that need excellent, highly qualified professionals to support them through their day and this training helps to train an percentage of those,” said Andrew Nelson with the West Virginia Autism Training Center.
This training has been offered in-person for almost two decades, but is now being expanded to online in the hopes that it will offer more people the opportunity to participate.
“We do know that there are some out there that cannot access the training as it stands now and we really hope that this online platform increases that opportunity so that every school and every paraprofessional has a chance to be highly trained to provide that support to our students,” said Nelson.
For more information on how to register, click here or call 304-534-7887.