Urban Skills Center shares a facility with local businesses, which affords it an adult, employment-like atmosphere. However, it is also located next door to TIEE’s COOK Education Center, which permits the use of that facility for certain classes and activities.
The layout of the Urban Skills Center allows for one-to-one instruction and therapy as needed, small group instruction, and large group activities like our all-school meetings. We have Macs and a “Smartboard” for web-based learning, photo processing, movie making, cartooning, and other learning activities. At the COOK Education Center, located right next door, we have access to a fully appointed kitchen and laundry; a music room that is supplied with keyboards, drums, guitars, microphones and amps, a computer, and other instruments; a karate dojo in which students can earn all their belts; and a work-out room for serious conditioning. COOK Education Center also permits our students to use its spacious patio and playing field, which is designed as a multipurpose park in which our students can have lunch and interact with their friends, play group games like baseball and basketball, or just get in shape by walking or running the track.
Because transition to adult life is such an important part of our curriculum, we also like to think that our school encompasses the many community facilities we use for mobility training, shopping instruction, vocational training, and recreation.