BCI Skills Center Receives MACDDS Cutting Edge Award
The BCI Skills Center—a vocational training facility for adults with disabilities that partners with local businesses to create custom programs—has received the 2021 Cutting Edge Award from the Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services (MACDDS). MACDDS is an organization comprised of 55 county boards that provide services to an estimated 36,000 Missourians with disabilities across the state.
The Cutting Edge Award honors organizations that provide unique, inclusive, dignified programs and services that promote learning for people with disabilities so that they may live more independently. Honorees have successfully created programs where creativity, innovation, and risk-taking are encouraged and supported.
Since its founding in 2019, the Skills Center has trained 48 individuals and placed 32 into competitive, integrated employment where they work alongside non-disabled individuals while earning the same opportunities, responsibilities, benefits, and pay. The Skills Center currently offers programs in manufacturing, hospitality, information technology, and warehousing. The average hiring wage after graduation is $13.70 per hour. Two years in, some graduates are now earning as much as $22 per hour.
“We are truly honored to receive this award,” said Skills Center Executive Director Todd Streff. “We appreciate DDRB’s partnership in launching the Skills Center, which continues to grow and positively affect the lives of people with disabilities in our community.”
For more information on the Skills Center, call (636) 875-5251 or visit https://skillscenterstl.com/.
About the Skills Center
Founded in 2019, the BCI Skills Center is a first-of-its-kind vocational training facility for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. The Skills Center co-creates its custom programs in partnership with local, inclusive-minded businesses. Upon graduating, students join the partner businesses where they work competitively alongside non-disabled individuals while earning the same opportunities, responsibilities, benefits, and pay. Headquartered at 2026 Trade Center Dr. in St. Peters, Mo., the BCI Skills Center currently offers programs in manufacturing, hospitality, information technology and warehousing. For more information, call (636) 875-5251 or visit https://skillscenterstl.com/.
The BCI Skills Center receives funding from the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of St. Charles County (DDRB). The DDRB is a public taxing entity, commonly known as a "Senate Bill 40 Board,” that enters into funding contracts with agencies that serve individuals with developmental disabilities in St. Charles County. For more information, visit their website at www.ddrb.org.