CHAMBLEE-BASED GEORGIA GRINDERS PREMIUM NUT BUTTERS PROVIDES VALUABLE JOB TRAINING SKILLS FOR DEKALB STUDENTS
CHAMBLEE-BASED GEORGIA GRINDERS PREMIUM NUT BUTTERS
PROVIDES VALUABLE JOB TRAINING
SKILLS FOR DEKALB STUDENTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
They say the best gift is giving.This is definitely the case with local business, Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters’ role in the Dekalb County Schools’ Vocational Training Program for intellectually disabled students.
Recently launching their second year offering instructional training in a natural job environment to students with varying degrees of intellectual disabilities, Georgia Grinders’ owner Jaime Foster, can attest to the fact that these students provide inspiration to her and her employees.
“Welcoming the students back to our facility for the second year definitely put a smile on everyone’s face,” states Foster.“These kids are so positive and wonderful and their enthusiasm is infectious to myself and my entire team … participating in this program has been one of the best initiatives our company has undertaken,” reflects Foster.
Foster provides three students, Justin James “J.J.”, Gina Rosales, and Ja’Karie Buckner, with practical job training including sealing jar of Georgia Grinders Peanut and Cashew Butter and NaturAlmond Almond Butter, stamping expiration dates on the jars and labeling each jar.This on-the-job training assists students in acquiring skills that they can then utilize after graduation to secure employment and live a self sufficient, rewarding life.
From October through April, the students spend two hours every Tuesday morning working at the Chamblee-based Georgia Grinders facility.This community-based vocational program was brought to their attention a year after the company launched in 2012 and Foster was immediately on board.
Dekalb County Transitional Liaison, Jamie Shailer, has cited this program as one of the most successful in the history of this community-based program.“The way the kids respond to this job, how they are treated by the employees here and how it teaches them valuable work skills, this will enable these students to enhance their vocational and social skills in a real work environment in their community,” states Shailer.“It will prepare them for future employment opportunities as they transition out of school,” Shailer concludes.
The students’ teacher, Dr. Dinah Harper, accompanies them to Georgia Grinders’ facility each week and supervises their advancement, as well as documenting the areas they need to improve upon.With an eye to excelling in the workplace, students are evaluated based on everything from achieving the tasks given to them in a timely manner to their communication skills with employers.She then works with each of the students, as well as Foster and her employees, to advance the students’ progress.
In addition to creating the highest quality craft Almond, Peanut and Cashew Butters, Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters also sells Naturalmond Almond Flour, which are all available online, as well as in The Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Kings Market, Balduccis, Central Market and Kroger, in addition to hundreds of specialty gourmet stores.During the holiday season Georgia Grinders also offers personalized gift boxes filled with their hand crafted nut butters.For more information about Georgia Grinders, please visit www.georgiagrinders.com.