Commencement ceremonies for Upstate Cerebral Palsy’s Tradewinds Education Center graduates in Utica, Rome, and Chadwicks were held last week on their respective campuses. A total of 29 graduating students celebrated their achievements with their friends, family, and staff as they walked to the stage in their caps and gowns to accept their diplomas.
“We have watched these young adults learn and grow over the years,” said Jeremy Earl, Senior Vice President of Education Services. “We are so proud of this year’s graduates as they faced the challenges of the pandemic head on and taught our staff ways we can better support the students in our program especially during times of uncertainty. On behalf of our administrators, staff, and Board of Directors, we want to wish our graduates all the best in their future endeavors.”
The Tradewinds Education Center provides excellence in education and residential services to children between the ages of 5 and 21 with differing developmental or intellectual abilities. The program offers services for students who attend our school and return home at the end of the day, as well as for students who attend school and live in residences on our campuses.
The program provides a learning environment that helps each student to be successful and to reach their greatest level of independence. Our state-of-the-art learning centers include classrooms, gymnasium, outdoor recreation areas, music room and cafeteria, much like any other school. We employ special education teachers, aides, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), therapists, nurses, psychologists and administrators.