Kennesaw State Academy for Inclusive Learning student built skills for rewarding career


(Jun 29, 2022)
— Because of a chance encounter in a home improvement store, Kennesaw State’s Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth graduate Tyler Crawford has begun a rewarding career in retail.

Tyler Crawford

Before he graduated in May, Crawford worked in the lighting department at a Home Depot
near campus three days a week as he finished up his studies at the academy, a program
for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Now he works at the store

“I feel like the most interesting part about it is probably the customers, because
I like to help them with whatever kind of problem they have,” Crawford said of his
work at Home Depot. “A lot of times I get asked what’s the best item to buy. I may
not have the perfect answer all the time.”

Last year, Sarah Cox, an advisor in the academy, noticed

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