Tennessee Rehabilitation Center Graduates Ready for Next Step on Career Path

Friday, April 28, 2017 | 3:43pm

Graduation Ceremony Celebrates Student Accomplishments and Employment Readiness 

NASHVILLE – More than 60 students celebrated their graduation and success in vocational training at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna (TRC-Smyrna). The graduates participated in training programs designed to equip them with the skills needed for competitive integrated employment in the industry of their choice.

TRC-Smyrna offers people with disabilities a range of programs to match employer needs including: Auto Maintenance/Detailing; Business Education; Building Maintenance; Groundskeeping; Commercial Cleaning; Food Service; Retail; Gardening and Manufacturing. In addition to vocational training, TRC-Smyrna provides vision impairment services, traumatic brain injury services, physical rehabilitation services, vocational evaluations and other support services.

Tennessee Department of Human Services Commissioner, Danielle W. Barnes, served as the guest speaker. She recalled a visit to the TRC-Smyrna early in her career in state government that made a lasting impression on her choice to transition from private practice to public service.

“TRC-Smyrna students truly showcase what can be accomplished by building skillsets through work and dedication. We are so proud of each student’s success,” said DHS Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes. 

A member of the TRC student body, Jasper Clark, served as the student speaker. Jasper participated in the Employment Readiness Program and is currently studying Business Education. He is a member of the TRC Student Council and recently learned sign language to assist students and staff to communicate with students who are deaf.

Tennessee Department of Human Services Chief of Program and Services, Cherrell Campbell-Street was also on hand for the graduation ceremony. “Each graduate is an inspiration. They show that with focus, dedication and persistence, anything is possible. They are prepared for their next step, and I look forward to seeing them continue to succeed.”

About the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center - Smyrna

The Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, one of only eight centers in the nation, is a state operated comprehensive rehabilitation facility. TRC provided rehabilitation services to more than 500 students in FY 2016 and has a success rate of 95%. Since opening its doors in 1977, the TRC has provided vocational and employment related trainings to approximately 35,000 Tennesseans living with disabilities. Services are provided on campus and the majority of students live in residential units on the campus while receiving services. The TRC is located at 460 9th Avenue in Smyrna, just east of the Smyrna Airport near Sam Ridley Parkway. For more information on the center, please visit http://www.tn.gov/humanservices/topic/trc-smyrna or call (615) 459-6811.

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Contact:  Stephanie Jarnagin
Office:  615-313-4707

Human Services