PHARR - Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD hosted the Ribbon Cutting and Open House of its new special needs learning home on Friday, April 21. As part of the district's Pathways Toward Independence Program, the Learning in Functional Environments (LIFE) house ensures special needs students receive vocational training and functional independent living skills to help them become contributing members of the community.

Through these opportunities, students develop employability skills and have access to post-secondary education. Through the continued partnership with South Texas College, students are able to receive college certificates in Employability Skills, Customer Service, Office Skills, Floral Design, Photography and Cake Decorating. 

"Our district is fully committed to providing services to all children," PSJA ISD Board Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Jesse Vela, Jr. said during the event.

Since the program started, students have been able to take these skills to local employers through partnerships with the following businesses: At Home, Best Buy, Dairy Queen, Goodwill, NAFT Federal Credit Union, Peter Piper Pizza, Pharr Memorial Library, Vany's Flower Shop and Quinta Mazatlan.

"We are proud of this program as it prepares our students for employment and independent living," Dr. Daniel King, superintendent of schools said.