Wednesday, April 29, 2015

11th Annual Mock Interviews

Over 45 Shelby County Business leaders donated their time to participate in the 11th Annual Mock Interview that was held at the Shelby County Instructional Services Center.  Cindy Vinson and Becky Goggins organized the event that brought in young adults from Pelham, Alabaster, Thompson, Project Search, and Shelby County Schools. Chris George from the Shelby County Sheriff's Department was the guest speaker.

Superintendent Randy Fuller, Shelby Co. Board member Peg Hill, and Taziki's CafĂ© owner, Keith Richards provided comic relief with an example of how NOT to interview. Mr. Richards was surprised when previous students, who are now employed by Taziki's, came back to honor him for his contribution and commitment over the years.  We greatly appreciate all of our attendees' time and effort to help these students prepare themselves for the future.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Career Awareness Fair, Columbiana, AL

The Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce  hosted a Career Awareness Fair for area 10th grade students on April 23-24 at the Shelby County Exhibition Center in Columbiana.

The program, sponsored by Legacy Community Federal Credit Union, is an opportunity for business professionals to share education/ training requirements, salary range, workplace expectations and more needed to be employed in the respective career cluster fields.

Volunteers in the professions listed below addressed students in the real world of work.

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Architecture & Construction
Arts, AV Technology & Communication
Business Management & Administration
Education & Training
Government & Public Administration
Health Science
Hospitality & Tourism
Human Services
Information Technology
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, Security
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
Transportation, Distribution, Logistics

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

YAIT Meeting, Birmingham, AL

Our third YAIT meeting was held on April 17th at the Shelby Baptist Medical Resource Center.  Students from five area Shelby County Schools  and Project Search attended. The morning was filled with motivational and informative speakers. Special guests from the Alabama State Department of Special Education also attended the meeting.

The agenda contained such topics as "What's your label? " Watch the video and see how students are removing stigmas and labels that have been placed upon them.

Guest speaker Larry Thornton, owner of several Birmingham, AL area McDonald's, shared his motivational testimony about his personal experiences in dealing with labels others placed on him while growing up in the 1960's. Watch Mr. Thorton's Video.

Allison Solomon, the director of University of Alabama at Birmingham Disability Support Services, spoke on the topic of students getting the additional support and assistance they may need at a two-year college or university.

We continued the discussion of "Life Plans", and Oak Mt High School student Ashton Ayers told us about her hardships that resulted from a traumatic brain injury that occurred during her Freshmen year.

 Needs and goals for upcoming 2015-16 meetings were also discussed.
We are so excited to have such a terrific start to the initial launch of the YAIT  group in the  Shelby County School System!

YAit Meeting Video

YAit Meeting Video

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cheeriodicals, MT Laurel, AL

Cheeriodicals is a small business site in the town of MT Laurel, Alabama. Our students learn to appreciate the hard work and commitment it takes to operate and work in a small business. While here, students assemble orders for personalized gift boxes for specific situations. Students learn to take direction, work with a boss, the importance of fulfilling detailed orders, and meeting shipping requirements. Also, they are taught the joy of providing a bit of happiness to someone, "in a cool green gift box."

If you are looking for a get well gift, something for children & teens, a new baby present, or an indulgent "design your own" gift then Cheriodicals is the place for you.
15 Olmsted Street
Birmingham, AL 35242

KTL Smith Insurance Group INC, Pelham, AL

Kai Smith not only owns Kai's Coffee in Pelham, but she also has her own insurance agency- KTL Smith Group Inc. - right next door.

Our student got a chance to experience working in an office environment. He did data entry that involved searching/recording policy numbers and coverage information.
KTL Smith Insurance Group INC
2955 Pelham Pkwy
Pelham, AL 35124
(205) 989-5857

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ross Bridge Meeting, Hoover, AL

The Jefferson/Shelby Business Advisory Council Meeting was held on 3/26.
Mrs. Faye Rivers was kind enough to host the meeting at the beautiful Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa.

David Dionne from Red Mountain Park was the guest speaker and talked about his commitment to hiring individuals with disabilities.

The Council also learned about the new GATE Project in conjunction with UCP of Greater Birmingham.

A former student, Josh Fleagle, had some of his amazing art on display at the meeting.  The Artisan Arch Foundation  assists Josh in various projects as well as creates opportunities for special needs individuals with limited career potential in the mainstream market. To see more of Josh's work visit

Josh's work was used to grace the cover of notepads, postcards, and Christmas Cards used at the hotel.

The Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa is a 259-room resort  located in the suburb of Hoover, Al. Ross Bridge boasts the second longest golf course in the world and is one of three hotels in the state of Alabama to receive its four diamond rating from AAA. Travel + Leisure named it one of the top 500 hotels in the world.