Our vocational program offers an alternative way for students to prepare themselves for the job market and furthering their education. In addition to providing practical life skills, we supply our students with the education they need to find success in their future.
All vocational opportunities promote safety, proper use and maintenance of tools and equipment, and show students how to plan and work together to accomplish tasks. Students get the opportunity to apply these learned skills during their daily ranch duties.
Culinary Arts – The Culinary Arts class is held in our food service department where our staff are able to teach our students the importance of cleanliness and following directions. Not only will students learn more about this specific field, but they will also learn how to take care of themselves and others.
Auto Mechanics – Students are taught how to assess and maintain a vehicle. They are also provided with the opportunity to explore their interests in this field while learning about small engine repairs and more.
Building Trades – Students will learn how to plan projects, organize material lists, and build structures. They are involved in general maintenance projects as needed on campus giving them real life experience in building repairs and maintenance.
These opportunities not only provide our students with the chance to explore their interests further, but also focus on developing positive characteristics such as self-worth and motivation.
My son was struggling and TAR helped him and gave him life skills. He is home now and doing amazing! Not to say there are always bumps in the road, but this facility is one that works.- Sandra Baker, August 2021
At TAR, doing real work, solving real problems daily was the game-changer... My son has learned how to express his feelings more frequently. He listens more carefully and expects to be listened to. He has come to understand the benefits and value of hard work... We have a long way to go. But we have more positives and more potential to move forward on a positive trajectory than we have had in many years... I firmly believe none of his would have happened without TAR.- Robi Robichaud, August 2021
We sent our son to Turn-About and I can't say enough good things about this program. The first time I spoke with them they actually gave me some things that they thought I could do at home to possibly work through our issues and not have to use the program! I was immediately impressed that they were concerned with my son and not just selling an enrollment. My son learned so much there and loved all of the staff members. They put their hearts and souls into helping the kids that are there... They gave us a ton of resources to make sure we keep the momentum and have a smooth transition back to home life... It was life changing for everyone of my family members that were involved.- Anthony Detrick, July 2021
This place has made all the difference, and saved our 16 year old daughter’s life. Previous counseling, hospitalization, and medications did not work, and we were about to give up on her. She’s come out of this program strong, honest, and positive with herself, and future. The people employed at the ranch are caring, genuine, and simply put, one of a kind. Thank you, for giving us our daughter back.- P. Bell, July 2021
My 14 year old daughter graduated from Turn-About Ranch about 2 months ago and is the best she has ever been... I am beyond grateful that her journey led her to the people who are so gracious, patient, and brutally honest... This is where the most effective therapy took place for her… where she learned to turn suggested tools/ideas/concepts into action and have her eyes opened to new better ways of shaping her perspective, relationships, communication, and living life by higher morals and values... this [program] does it right! ...My daughter loves them, misses them and wants to visit on her one year anniversary… but she doesn’t want to return as a resident either… it’s really brilliant!- AJ Trainer, July 2021