Local special needs students experience job skills training at Welch through a new program, which has also provided an opportunity for Welch students to reach out with the love of Christ.

According to Dr. Greg Ketteman, Vice-president of Student Initiatives and Graduate Dean of Education, the Department of Human Services and partnered with Welch in a program being implemented at only one other college in Tennessee. Special needs students from Sumner County come to Welch during the week for one class taught by the program teacher followed by on-the-job mentoring in janitorial duties, clerical assistance, maintenance, and food service assistance.

“Welch College is being used as a model for other organizations nationally,” said Dr. Ketteman. “Students who have aged out of special needs high school programs are able to participate in this workforce learning program.”

The leaders of Project SEARCH have commented that they have been amazed at the acceptance their students have received from the Welch College family. “We have felt the love of Christ on this campus,” stated one of their instructors. Welch students have used this opportunity to invite Project SEARCH students to campus Bible studies and have been excited to see some of the young people attend.

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