The pursuit of learning is something typically associated with children. But when teachers need additional certification or adults are looking to get job training, they need a place to go. That’s where Shatrece Jenkins comes in.
“We found this diamond in the rough and we turned it into a gem,” Jenkins says, reflecting from her newly renovated learning lab on North Royal Atlanta Drive.
Armed with a master’s degree in education, Jenkins started her company BT Solutions about five years ago. The business, which started in Stockbridge before moving to Tucker, has just launched a new initiative called TIE – Therapy Interaction Education – aimed at helping developmentally disabled adults learn job skills while making friends in the process.
“[The students] have interactive learning, they have Spanish, sign language, art class, computer class, and then we’re out in the community a great bit, as well,” Jenkins explains.
The common thread among her nearly 60 students, Jenkins says, is a positive attitude. Over the course of her time with BT Solutions, she’s seen hard-working students placed in jobs ranging from the IT industry to education. It’s those victories that make the job worthwhile.
“They say ‘if you love what you do, you could do it for free.’ That’s a true statement,” she says. “You can’t have a bad day being here at BT Solutions. We have individuals that come in here and…they have huge obstacles and barriers in their life and they’re smiling each and every day.”
Now that they’re ingrained in the Tucker community, BT Solutions is hoping to see many more success stories for years to come.
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