A Light at the End of the Tunnel: Former LASE Student Finds Niche as Mechanical Engineering Intern

Corey Bryan’s mom, Karen Starnes, wondered how she would ever get her son through school when he was diagnosed with learning disabilities in reading, processing, and short-term memory issues. LASE helped her find the answers. Corey was a hard working student and learned to compensate for his challenges with the help of one of his favorite LASE teachers, Mrs. Sandi Loduca. A Christian school and LASE Resource Room at Christ Community Lutheran School was a blessing for Corey because no one picked on him or made him feel dumb.

Fast forward over 10 years to the present. The boy who couldn’t remember his math facts in grade school is now a doing high level math as a senior Mechanical Engineering student at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO. Corey is currently completing an internship in Sweetwater, TX with United States Gypsum (USG), the largest manufacturer of building materials in North America. Corey’s learning disabilities did not magically disappear, but over the years he learned how to overcome his challenges. His job prospects after graduation are promising.

Corey’s mom, Karen, says, “I cannot thank LASE enough for the work they did with Corey from second grade on to put him in the position he is today! In Corey’s case LASE absolutely met and far exceeded their mission to…’serve a child with special needs to grow in Christ and enjoy his God-given potential.'”

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