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BCI Skills Center Announces Job Training Programs

BCI Skills Center Announces Job Training Programs

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Anastasia Karides, the first graduate of the BCI Skills Center’s Hospitality/Housekeeping program, was honored on July 31 by Midas Hospitality Talent Manager Liz Paul (left) and Skills Center Vocational Instructor Crystal Peterson (right). 

(St. Louis, Mo., January 13, 2021) The BCI Skills Center—a first-of-its-kind vocational training facility for adults with disabilities—is currently accepting students for its winter programs. Three unique courses in hospitality/housekeeping and manufacturing are open to 17 students. Full tuition funding is available.

The first course, a new partnership with Lyons Blow Molding in north St. Louis County, prepares students for full-time Packer positions. Lyons, a division of C.L. Smith, manufactures plastic bottles and containers using extrusion blow molding technology.

The second course, in partnership with Permian Plastics in O’Fallon, Mo., prepares students for full-time Secondary Operator positions. Permian is a plastic injection molding company that provides manufacturing services for healthcare, biotechnology, and other essential systems. 

The third course, in partnership with Midas Hospitality, prepares students for full- or part-time Room Attendant positions at Midas properties in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties. Midas is a hotel development, management and investment firm that operates 11 area hotels including Marriott, Hilton, and IHG brands.  

Students will learn all tasks needed for success in their future jobs. Students will also master various in-demand soft skills such as effective communication with supervisors and peers, time management, good work habits, and problem solving. 

All three courses are eight weeks in length and could begin as early as late January or early February, depending on enrollment. After graduation, students will advance directly into competitive employment with minimum starting salaries ranging from $10.30-13.65 per hour. 

Missouri’s Vocational Rehabilitation program, which helps people with disabilities find meaningful careers, recently designated the BCI Skills Center as its first Employment Skills Training site in St. Charles County. The Skills Center also earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, which assures commitment to program and service quality with a focus on the satisfaction of those served. 

Registration is required since space is limited. Applications are available at For more information, call (636) 875-5251 or visit

Founded in 1959, Boone Center, Inc. (BCI) enriches the lives of adults with disabilities by providing a wide selection of employment opportunities.  The nonprofit’s employment continuum model focuses on full employment combined with ongoing support for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Headquartered at 200 Trade Center Dr. W in St. Peters, Mo., BCI currently employs more than 250 adults with disabilities under its Organizational Program and serves dozens more with employment services, vocational training, and follow-along services under its Competitive Program and Skills Center. For more information, call (636) 875-5251 or visit

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”, which enters into funding contracts with agencies that serve individuals with developmental disabilities in St. Charles County. 

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