Transition Success Story

Cobb County School District Student Finds Post-Secondary Success.

Pebblebrook graduate Jayquan finds success by participating in job training with Ken’s Krew.

Several years ago, the Transition Services team for The Cobb County School District started working with an organization call Ken’s Krew. Ken’s Krew provides job placement, training, and support for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities in competitive employment.

Ken’s Krew professional vocational coordinators spend approximately 6 to 8 weeks training each associate to ensure workplace readiness before employment. Only those individuals who demonstrate the ability to successfully complete the intensive training are able to continue working at The Home Depot or CVS. One such success story is a 2018 Pebblebrook High School graduate name Jayquan.

Jayquan started working at Home Depot on October 1, 2018 in the garden department. He was very shy and afraid to help customers when he started, but quickly became a pro. Despite having to bike several miles a day to get to Home Depot, Jayquan was always on time for work. He became a real asset to the department by helping customers and always completing his work during his shift. In 2019, Jayquan transferred to the Home Depot in Lithia Springs to be closer to his home. He has been very successful at his new store as well. Vocational Coordinator Cindy Hadden shared, “Jayquan has been so successful with the Ken’s Krew program and working at Home Depot!  All of his coworkers comment to me what a great associate he is, with such a hard work ethic and a positive attitude! Always a smile on his face! He is awesome!”

Jayquan is pictured below with the District Manager, giving him a Homer Badge for outstanding customer service and living the Home Depot Values!

Kristin Pewitt
Coordinator, Special Student Services

Contributing Author: Lisa Leiter, Special Education – Transition Resource Specialist

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