Specialized Job Training
BDI’s Career Academies are specialized job training for people with disabilities and employment barriers that focus on the skills our region’s employers need. From hands-on training programs at community employment partners to classroom-based curriculum and certifications, Career Academies provide opportunities that align with job candidates’ goals.
BDI currently offers Career Academies in:
Logistics and Warehousing Career Academy provides specialized job training in warehousing and logistics, including Certified Logistics Technician certification and hands-on job training at partner companies during which students gain soft skills and put their skills into practice.
Office Essentials helps participants gain the skills to succeed in today's fast-paced office environments. This innovative five-week program includes customer service and computer training, as well as instruction in Windows, the Internet, and a variety of computer applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Graduates of the Office Essentials program have gone on to work in BDI social enterprises, as well as for community employers.
Food Service provides direct, hands-on training. Clients receive first-hand experience in the food service industry. Opportunities include working at McKenney's Café, a sandwich shop on the campus of McKenney's, Inc., an Atlanta-based engineering firm.
BDI is expanding these offerings to include customer service, call center operations, janitorial, and landscaping Career Academies.
BDI partners closely with community employers to ensure Career Academy program graduates have the skills and experience they are looking for in qualified job candidates.