In addition to navigating the financial and academic worlds of college to prepare for a career in epidemiology — the causes and spread of disease — John Garbutt works part time and facilitates his own wraparound team that is helping him succeed at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He also receives other supports from Project CASE (Connections for Academic Success and Employment) through Texas Tech University which helps students with developmental disabilities succeed in college.
Based on his college entrance exams, John took two developmental classes in math and reading in his first semester, as well as college biology and soccer. Project CASE helped him obtain tutoring in his academic classes, a mentor in the science department to explore career options, and other supports.
John lives on campus and stays busy with homework, working out, and playing video games, of which he has become somewhat of a champ. Yet, he maintains a balance in school, work and play as evidenced by his success in the classroom, where he received straight A’s, at work and in extracurricular activities.
Project CASE is one of three career development projects the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities started last year. Learn more about John, Project CASE and the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities in the TCDD Annual Report.