Welcome and thank you for taking the time to learn about what’s new and upcoming with the Community Based Transition Program for the 2013-2014 school year.
First and foremost, we are off to a great start by bringing on board our seventh CBTP site. This is a very exciting and unique arrangement: a collaborative effort with the Arc of Davidson County and Metro Nashville Public Schools. The program is located at Westminster Church on West End Avenue, along with the Arc’s main offices. The Arc staff members are very involved and have many ideas to foster this involvement and collaboration. The Job Development Coordinator has already trained all of the CBTP paraprofessionals as empowered job coaches. She also plans on working with the students in the classroom, along with Mrs. Jessica Adkins, the teacher, and the job coach/paraprofessional Ms. Ashley Wall. The students will benefit from her experience on how to build those “soft skills” necessary for job acquisition and certainly then job retention. Jessica and Ashley have already secured some exciting job training sites for the ten students.
We are grateful to the Arc and Westminster Church for all of their enthusiasm, support and their extending arms to Metro Schools and our community based students.
In other exciting news, the classroom based in the Center Building on Broadway has recently undergone a huge classroom makeover, thanks to Vanderbilt University. Watch for details about the showcasing of the site and upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony.
If you happen to be walking or running near the Nature Center at Shelby Bottoms Park on a Monday morning, you may perhaps see the CBTP students taking advantage of the Nashville B-Cycle Program’s Green Bikes and zipping along the trails. The Nashville Downtown Partnership has graciously and generously given their time and attention to hosting the CBTP students to a weekly bike ride, along with providing a lesson on bike maintenance and bike safety from the program manager Mr. Keith and mechanic, Mr. Eric. The first group that went out last week had a blast and the good news is, everyone walked away without any scrapes or bruises. A very successful event. Look for some of the photos on the website.
Other additional upcoming activities for all of the students this school year are: continued participation in the Peer Support Groups, provided by the Center for Independent Living, a self-determination event in October hosted by STEP, a parent advocacy group, the Sprout Film Festival in November, co-sponsored by the Arc Davidson County and participation in Disability Day on the Hill in January.
As you can see we are busy with working, learning, growing, getting healthy and having fun. Stayed tuned and visit our site regularly for exciting news about the CBTP happenings!