Vocational training programs at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center (TRC) are designed to provide students with practical skill training required for employment in their chosen occupation. Students receive classroom instruction as well as hands on training. Program lengths vary depending on the program of enrollment.
The mission of the Automotive Detailing and Automotive Maintenance Training Programs is to prepare students for an entry-level position in the automotive services industry. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to display skills applicable to this trade area such as; positive work behaviors, market ready skills, punctuality, and good personal hygiene. This is two different programs; however, students that qualify for the Automotive Maintenance Training will begin in the Automotive Detailing Training Program. Internships may be utilized within the automotive service industry to provide pre-employment experience in the career field. The Automotive Detail Training Program is a 16 week course. Those students that are interested in and qualify for the Automotive Maintenance Training Program will remain another 16 weeks to complete both training programs. Methods of instruction may include videos, lectures, and guided classroom discussions with extensive hands-on experience, demonstrations, field trips and practical application. Students may have the opportunity for external training with a company in the community.
The mission of the Business Education Training program is to prepare students for entry-level employment in a broad range of clerical and customer service positions. For students with previous work experience, the program will be customized to fit their needs so they can re-enter the job market. For students with little or no work experience, they will be provided with hands-on training as well as classroom training to prepare them to enter the job market. Each student will be assigned a personal workstation in the classroom and will interact with the instructor and other students simulating a business office environment.
This course is 20 weeks in duration. It includes mostly individualized instruction with some group format instruction and hands-on experience. Students may have the opportunity for external training with a business in the community.
The Food Service Training program prepares students for an entry-level position in the food service industry. Upon completion of the course, the student will be equipped to display skills applicable to this trade area such as: positive work behaviors, market ready skills, punctuality, and good personal hygiene. Internships may be utilized within the food service industry to provide pre-employment experience in the career field. This course is 18 weeks in duration. Methods of instruction include lectures, demonstrations, field trips, and practical application.
GARDEN CENTER – NURSERY
The Garden Center employee training course is planned to give students the opportunity to: Acquire a basic understanding of the tools, materials, plant identification and basic tasks required of an entry level Garden Center worker or plant nursery worker. Areas covered include safety, equipment maintenance/operation, tying, packaging or wrapping plants & shrubs to fill orders, plant care & maintenance, such as, spraying and watering plants, greeting and helping customers, and making sales transactions. Acquire and develop desirable work habits/attitudes to enable a student to work as productive, cooperative, and successful employee. Acquire and develop employment seeking and garden center worker skills. Mowing operator is designed for participants who meet the requirements and are interested in mowing positions with a landscaper or nursery; however, is only provided to those that qualify. Internships are utilized within the Nursery/Garden Center industry to provide pre-employment experience in the career field. The Garden Center Employee Training Program is an 18 week course. Methods of instruction include lectures, demonstrations, training videos, field trips, ETO/ITO, and practical application. This course is very hands-on and will spend many hours in community based training.
The Manufacturing Logistics training program is planned to give students the opportunity to: Acquire a basic understanding of the tools, materials, and basic tasks required of an entry level manufacturing production worker, warehousing and retail sales industry. Areas covered include safety, Ergonomics, Tools and equipment’s, maintenance/operation, basic manufacturing tasks, assembly activities, Team work and collaboration etc. Acquire and develop desirable work habits/attitudes to enable a student to work as productive, cooperative, and successful employee. Acquire and develop employment seeking skills. This program lasts 21 weeks.
The Power Equipment Credentialing Program designed for participants who meet program requirements and are interested in working as equipment operators in warehousing and manufacturing industries where operating power equipment such as forklifts, power pallet jacks, and stock pickers are needed. Students must pass the Equipment Operations Screening in order to be accepted into the program. Progress reports are completed on a weekly basis and assessment of progress is addressed with the student during each monthly review.
The course is 12 weeks in duration, and is broken down into three sets of four week training sessions. Students may choose to attend the full 12 weeks and receive training on all three pieces of power equipment or they can choose to attend for 4 weeks and receive training on a specific piece of equipment. Methods of instruction may include lectures, demonstrations, field trips, external and internal training opportunities, and practical application. Students may have the opportunity for external training with local businesses.
The Retail program is designed to prepare students with the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain an entry level position in the retail industry. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate their readiness for employment. Positive work behaviors and market ready skills will enable students to be more independent, motivated, and successful. This course spans 12 weeks with a curriculum that includes individualized and group format instruction as well as hands-on experience in a retail simulated environment. Some students may have the opportunity to enroll in a Walgreens REDI program in their home community upon completion of the TRC Retail Training Program. Retail students may have ETO and internship opportunities.
Once it has been established that a client would benefit from services provided by the vocational training unit, the local rehabilitation counselor will submit an application for services along with referral information to the TRC Admissions office.