Phil Woodard is a high school student from Jackson who meets routinely with electrical engineering graduate student Mike Varney to work on electronics.
Because he has autism, Woodard’s verbal skills are comparable to those of a 2-year-old, said his mother, Jenee Woodard, but he has a strong desire for wiring and electrical applications.
Phil Woodard will begin a computing internship in December, which his family hopes can lead to an eventual job and established place in society.
Phil rewired his family’s doorbell as a child and enjoys working with someone who understands his skills, Jenee Woodard said.
“He likes to solder and likes being with someone who likes what he’s interested in and teaches him new things about it,” she said.