Excellence in Computer Education and Learning, or EXCEL, is a computer training program that will start in earnest in January to serve clients on the autism spectrum. The center plans to have two classes of 10 students each for the nine-month program, with the last two months probably spent in internships. The goal is to have 50 percent employed after a year.
MacDonald president/CEO Karenne P. Levy said it will cost about $60,000 to establish the program. Initial funding for computers came from a Duckwall Foundation grant. Clients will pay for the training classes with Medicaid waivers or private funds.