Entries by Austin Hodges Pierce

Employment opportunities change lives

Recent generous gifts from North Phoenix Kiwanis and Wells Fargo foundations provided funding to renovate space on Gompers Employment Services (ES) campus to create a career transition program. “The soft skills necessary to complete a successful job search and achieve long term employment are complex and often more difficult to learn for individuals with cognitive […]

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Leading our AT program

Mrs. Candice M. Steel, B.S. SLP-L, AT Specialist Recently, Candice Steel joined our team as Gompers AT Specialist and her experience is greatly benefiting our students, members and staff. Assistive technology includes items, piece of equipment or products that are used to increase, maintain or improve the capabilities of an individual with disabilities. Mrs. Steel […]

Leading school takes experience

Becky S. Gurnick, M.Ed. The 2015-16 school year opened with new leadership as Becky Gurnick, Director of Special Education brought her passion for students and families to Gompers. Born and raised in the Midwest, Mrs. Gurnick attended Arizona State University, University of Phoenix and Northern Arizona University earning a bachelor of science in business management, […]

Exploring our world through science

Gompers Day Training for Adults (DTA) program has begun embarking on a journey of discovery with our new science initiative! Each month all of the DTA program rooms explore a new topic culminating in a month-end celebration of everything they learned. Beginning last May, our members learned what happens when the earth trembles from inside […]

Quality work expands members opportunities

Increasing job opportunities in the community has been an important goal for Gompers Employment Services program, Director Mark Botterbusch explained. “One year ago, we were able to offer our members two Group Supported Employment (GSE) job sites – today we have six – a three-fold increase in opportunity.” GSE sites are important because the work […]

Learning through evidenced-based practices

Thunderbirds Charities generous support for Gompers programs has been extraordinary. Now topping nearly $212K since 2004, Thunderbirds Charities have helped fund our multisensory room, contributed to our capital campaigns, resurfaced our indoor basketball court and helped build the physical infrastructure for our assistive technology (AT) program. When Gompers Private School recently identified the need to […]

Genentech engages Gompers’ in a day of fun

By Jeremiah Rojo, DTA Supervisor Thursday, April 23rd turned out to be a day of laughter, bowling challenges and fun for Gompers Day Training for Adults (DTA) members, made possible by generous hosting from Genentech Inc. Our members’ morning began by meeting with fellow peers and staff to go over the day’s event. Everyone was […]

Free Estate Planning Workshops

Is writing your will or planning for your estate something on your “To Do” list that never gets checked off? If so, a series of free workshops next week are just right for you. Thirteen local nonprofits, including Gompers, have come together to provide this free community education to help you: understand if you need only a Will […]