Growing Through the Continuum
Although he tried many times, Adam Frey, who lives with high-functioning autism, was unsuccessful in finding work on his own.
In 2014, he was hired into BCI’s Organizational Employment program. As his confidence grew, so did his performance. By 2018, he was offered a staff position with BCI as a Quality Auditor. During these years, he met his girlfriend, Amber, earned his Missouri driver’s license, proposed, and bought his first home.
When we opened the Skills Center in January 2019, Adam was one of the first students in the Salesforce program. He completed the training, passed his certification, completed an internship, and eventually accepted a full-time position with a downtown firm—and he and Amber were married.
After his job was eliminated during the pandemic, Adam realized that he missed manufacturing and accepted a position with Skills Center vocational partner, True Manufacturing. Today, he works in inventory and is responsible for keeping accurate records for Buildings 3 and 4. He continues to make 2-second lean improvements and knows he must keep gaining experience in order to reach his goal of becoming a quality auditor—a goal that is completely within his reach.
Adam’s story is one of amazing growth. The opportunities he was provided to work and train raised his skills and confidence and strengthened him mentally and physically. While his story had a twist or two, BCI’s employment continuum was there as a resource, and he is pressing on with a vision for his future—which is always a win.