January 21 - May 20, 2022 

Workshops are held Monday - Thursday, with Friday support to finish projects, develop soft skills and more! Beacons will offer the following workshops this spring.

Monday - Thursday

9 am - 12 pm: Creative Design Skills 1 & 2 

1 - 4 pm: Customer Service Skills 1 & 2 



9 - 3 pm: Team building, soft skills, speakers and individual skills enhancement

Important dates:
Jan. 21 - Orientation for trainees and families.

Jan. 24 - Workshops begin

Feb. 21 - President's Day Holiday

March 31 - Cesar Chavez State Holiday

May 16 - 20: PCP Presentations

May 20 - Last day of spring workshops
July 5 - Summer workshops begin
August 22 - Fall workshops begin

SDRC vendor number: PY1700, Code: 102, Subcode: SPR (Total hours: 240 - Approx. 17 weeks)

News! 100% of the trainees from our Fall 2021 workshop who wanted employment found competitive integrated employment (CIE) within one month of the workshop ending (ended 12/17/21). Great teamwork!

Creative Design Workshop
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Creative Design Posters
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Observation of skills in community settings
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Puzzles from concept to product!
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Creative Design Workshop
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Beautiful art makes for beautiful puzzles!
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An artist content with his final product!
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PathFinder Coffee Cart
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Puzzle Projects
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"Speakin' @ Beacons" - Webcast

3/11 Link

3/25 Link

4/15 Link

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PathFinder Details

Persons who have classroom skills, an interest in employment, and who can

participate without disrupting the learning of others are encouraged to apply.

(SDRC vendor number: PY1700, Code: 102, Subcode: SPR)




     a. SDRC paperwork must be submitted
Please request that your "IPP" (Individual Program Plan) and "CDER" (Client Development Evaluation Report) be sent to:
Request the addition of the vocational workshop to the applicant's IPP, and that a "POS" (Purchase of Service) request be completed and submitted to fund the workshop.


Click here for a sample letter that you can view and copy. For individuals in the Self-Determination program, please discuss inclusion of this workshop with your independent facilitator and SDRC service coordinator.

     b. Screening/Intake Meeting: 
After the applicant's IPP and CDER have been received, our Pathfinder team will contact the applicant and/or her/his conservators to set up an intake meeting to make sure the workshop supports the applicant's IPP goals, the applicant meets the entrance criteria set forth in the application, and the applicant is interested in the employment goal of the workshop.


Workshop overview: All workshops are specifically designed with tools, best practices and pacing designed for individuals with developmental disabilities to optimize independent learning without the need for parental or instructional aid support at home or during our onsite workshops. Each workshop includes internet safety training, pre-and post assessments for each unit to measure progress, extra hours for additional instruction if needed or wanted to meet a level of proficiency, materials and/or licenses needed for the workshop, soft skills training, creation of person-centered plans for post-workshop transitioning, employment placement support, and more!

Ratios & Enrollment: Workshops require a minimum of 5 trainees to proceed. In the event the minimum enrollment for a workshop is not met, Beacons reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a workshop, or offer a different workshop altogether


Devices: If onsite, Trainees will be provided with a 15.6" yoga touchscreen Chromebook with a mouse accessory, but are welcome to bring their own device if they prefer. If a workshop is provided via zoom, Beacons has loaner devices for trainees who do not have devices available to use at home.

Materials: Each trainee will be provided with his/her own materials and sanitation kit for safe learning onsite. 

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Creative Design Studio

Creative Design 1: Trainees will learn how to use graphic design programs and tools to make marketing materials, books, puzzles, websites, social media graphics and more as they work with others to develop their technical and soft skills. Trainees will learn digital drawing, basic animation and more!  

Creative Design 2: CD 2 is more individualized to help trainees use creative design for self-employment and specific projects or product lines. Sample projects may include development of curriculum to teach, product development, and more! Applicants must have a business idea or plan they would like to develop. Successful completion of CD 1 is preferred, but not required.


Trainees in each workshop will also:

develop person-centered plans to help shape their futures,

work with templates to help them work with clients post-workshop, and

create websites for employment profiles to showcase earned digital badges and skill-specific certificates, and portfolios.

Pre & post assessments and progress monitoring for each unit are all included.

Post-Workshop Goal Pathway(s):
Post-workshop pathways will be driven by each participant's person-centered plan and may include further education, paid internships, job coaching, competitive integrated employment, and/or employment related volunteer opportunities. Ideally, the trainee will develop sufficient skills to make the trainee eligible for employment with the workshop client post-workshop.

Cost: For eligible SDRC consumers, the SDRC will fund one workshop per session. Trainees with achievement levels of 3 for the majority of the units are not eligible to repeat.


Customer Service Skills

Customer Service 1: Trainees interested in community employment will learn:

workplace and soft skills such as cashier skills, soft skills and other tasks used in settings that require a high level of customer interaction (such as retail stores, grocery stores, restaurants, hospitality, animal care and more!);

develop person-centered plans to help shape their futures,

create interview & workplace accommodation plans,

train for (and take) the San Diego County food handling test, and

create websites for employment profiles to showcase earned digital badges and skill-specific certificates.


Customer Service 2: Trainees with basic employment skills will further refine their skills through onsite and community workplace training arranged through Beacons workforce partnerships. Goal is to develop strong skills foundations and employer relationships so that trainees transition to competitive integrated employment (CIE), PIPs or volunteer worksite jobs upon conclusion of the workshop. (Note: 100% of our trainees from fall 2021 session who wanted a job transitioned to competitive integrated employment).

Job searches and completion of applications, interview practice, direct engagement with local employers, unit pre & post assessments and progress monitoring are all included.

Post-Workshop Goal Pathway(s):
Post-workshop pathways will be driven by each participant's person-centered plan and may include further education, paid internships, job coaching, competitive integrated employment and/or employment related volunteer opportunities.  

Cost: For eligible SDRC consumers, the SDRC will fund one workshop per session. Trainees with achievement levels of 3 for the majority of the units are not eligible to repeat.


Instructor Information

Questions? Email:

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Director of PathFinder

& Lead Instructor

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Tyler has spent the last decade using his personal and career experiences to support and empower individuals with various disabilities. Tyler served as an assistant coach for the Independent division of the San Diego Miracle League and volunteer for Shooting Stars basketball, founded Project Puzzle (an Autism awareness club) and was awarded the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education "Excellence in Supporting Students with Disabilities."

While pursuing his Psychology degree at San Diego State University, Tyler was an advocate for students with varying disabilities and planned school wide inclusive events as the Program Coordinator for Student Disability Services. While at SDSU, he also founded the Delta Alpha Phi international honor society.

After graduating from SDSU, Tyler relocated to Hawaii to continue his work with neurodiverse individuals in the school setting. After working in the district setting for 2 years, Tyler returned to San Diego to follow his passion and to work as an instructor with Beacons, Inc.

Tyler has been a valued member of the Beacons Pathfinder team since summer of 2020 when he started as an associate instructor for the Beacons summer vocational exploration workshops. He now serves as the Director of PathFinder and as an instructor for our vocational training workshops with a proven record of successfully working with those Beacon serves to find employment. 


Tyler's experience, high energy, positive attitude and patience helps optimize each individual's growth during the Beacons vocational workshops. 



Assistant Director & 
Lead Instructor

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Beginning in high school, Courtney sought out opportunities to meet and serve individuals with various disabilities, volunteering for A Night to Remember Prom and adopting a role as a Peer Mentor in Cathedral Catholic High School's Options Program. Courtney was so inspired by the individuals she had built relationships with in this field that she decided to continue her studies in Applied Psychology and Human Development at Boston College.

While at Boston College, Courtney was a Teacher's Assistant at the Campus School, which serves students aged 3 - 21 with low incidence diagnoses and provides a wide range of personalized educational and therapeutic services. Courtney was placed in a middle school classroom, supporting six students educationally, medically and emotionally. Outside of the classroom, Courtney found ways to volunteer for various organizations such as the Women's Center and the Center for Student Formation. 

Most recently, Courtney was working as a Behavioral Support Professional at an Enhanced Behavioral Support Home implementing interventions and skill building activities for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Courtney has served as an Associate Instructor and Program Developer, and currently serves as a lead instructor for the PathFinder program teaching creative design and customer service skills. This past summer she managed the Beacons summer program, which offered 19 workshops over a 6-week period. She is now helping to bring "Speakin' @ Beacons" to life!

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Associate Instructor

Austin started with Beacons in fall 2021, eager to share his passion for education to support the Beacons PathFinder program. Austin has an A.A degree in both Arts and Humanities and World Languages from Palomar College, a B.A degree in Philosophy from Humboldt State University, and an M.A. in Philosophy from San Diego State University.

Austin's primary research interests are in Bioethics and the Philosophy of Disability, with specific emphasis on healthcare policy and moral psychology. At SDSU, he published his master’s thesis in the field of Bioethics and served as distinguished member of the Phi Sigma Tao honor society.

Austin is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities, especially within the context of how it enables an individual to navigate their way through life. Most importantly, Austin wants to help Beacons trainees recognize their own potential through education. He now contributes his time working in both the Beacons Navigator and PathFinder divisions sharing his calm, positive nature 

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Associate Instructor

Kemal joins the Beacons team this spring, bringing with him a wealth of experience to support our PathFinder vocational training division. Kemal has his Master's in Writing and BFA, and has worked with AmeriCorps, the Vermont Center for Independent Living, the Boys and Girls Club of America and other service oriented entities to empower youth and adults with a variety of skills and abilities.


During his tenure with the Vermont Center for Independent Living, Kemal worked with transition and vocational rehab counselors, coordinated programming with high schools throughout Vermont, and developed workshops and presentations for transition age youth with a variety of disabilities. 


While with AmeriCorps, Kemal coordinated and developed workshops and presentations, created lesson plans and learning materials, supported trainees with personal and professional development, helped trainees secure gainful employment, and facilitated classroom instruction for classes of over 40 students. 

As a member of the PathFinder team, Kemal will teach customer service skills to help Beacons trainees strengthen their skills and discover their unique paths to employment.
Welcome Kemal!