Transition to Employment (TTE)

The L.I.F.E. Transition to Employment (TTE) program focuses on enhancing skills for future employment. Consumers work on a full spectrum of activities and skills needed for successful employment from surveys identifying strengths and weaknesses to formal mock interviews. The program also continues to enhance key independent living skills such as kitchen and knife safety, food safety, medication, finances, and more. This employment service program is funded by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) and is a competitive program that accepts individuals 16 and older.

TTE Training Activities

banking, budgeting, making change

safe ladder use, safe lifting, safe knife use …

collating, stapling, filing, mailing

food-handling and food service skills

knowing personal information, creating a resume, searching for jobs, performing at job interviews

working with others, managing conflict

TTE Leadership

ASHLEY WATZKE
ASHLEY WATZKEDirector of Day Treatment and Employment- DTA, DTT, DTS, TTE, GSE

Role: 

As the Director of Day Treatment and Employment (DTE), my job is to ensure we are providing the best service we can for our consumers.

Career History:

I have been lucky to work in different settings since August of 2008, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities.  I have been with L.I.F.E. since July 2013 where I started as a habilitation provider in the community and then later in the adult program on campus. I quickly fell in love with the values and support L.I.F.E. offered to not only the consumers but also to staff and I felt privileged to become and serve as a teacher in the academy, later growing into Student Services Supervisor. I then moved into the role as Adult Day Treatment (DTA) Manager, then Manager of Day Treatment and Employment (DTE) department, and most recently became Director of Day Treatment and Employment. I’m very excited for this adventure and will strive to serve all to the best of my ability. 

Personal Teaching Philosophy:

“Love what you do and never work a day in your life.”

      – Unknown 

Personal: 

I have been married to my best friend for almost 4 years now and when we are not at work, you can find us chasing around our crazy wild daughters. In 2015, while I was teaching pre-school within the L.I.F.E. Academy, I had a student that at the time was in search of her forever home. Little did I know this little girl would become a huge part of my husband and my life. We adopted her in 2017 and she is now our daughter!  As a family we enjoy weekends at home hanging out with our family and going camping when we can!  We absolutely live for football season and the Arizona Cardinals; we won’t miss a game.

Heidi Riffle
Heidi RiffleTTE Lead Direct Support Professional

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