Autism is no obstacle to a bright future for this graduate

Trevor Jenkins – Triton Academy

Trevor Jenkins – Triton Academy

Graduating from high school is an important milestone for anyone, but earning a diploma is especially momentous for Trevor Jenkins. Trevor is living with autism, which made him an easy target for bullies when he started middle school. With his grades suffering, he was referred to Triton Academy in Camarillo, a school operated by the Ventura County Office of Education that specializes in serving students with autism.

At the time, his mom Jackie wasn’t sure about the move. “It was very scary. At first, we had no clue what to expect from Triton,” she says. But she quickly found the school’s specialized programs were just what Trevor needed. “He just blossomed,” she says. “Once he found out the other students were just like him, he made friends very quickly. He responded so well to the teachers and the therapists that he just took off. The change was amazing.”

Trevor says switching to Triton was a huge improvement. “I like Triton much, much better,” he says. “I have more friends here and I’m able to learn more. I have teachers who understand my troubles.” In addition to graduating, he’s getting work experience stocking inventory at a CVS pharmacy through the WorkAbility program for students with disabilities. He’s also had the opportunity to take courses in auto body, hospitality and first aid from the VCOE Career Education Center. He’s now planning to take philosophy and physics classes at Ventura College and pursue a career in the food service industry.

“I wish more kids could go to Triton because it’s amazing,” Jackie says. “Without it, I think Trevor would be in a much different place.” This proud mom says her son is now more independent than ever and has the confidence to keep reaching new milestones such as getting a driver’s license and living independently. “At Triton, he was able to meet his goal of graduating with a diploma and that’s huge for him. I believe that he’ll be able to do whatever he puts his mind to.”


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