The Academy Overview

Virtual Town Hall


Wednesday, August 14 at 6:00 PM
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What is The Academy?

The Academy is an Accelerated Vocational Training Program that provides the education, training, and life skills young adults with disabilities need for successful employment in today’s world.

The Academy Guarantee:
100% Employment Placement for Graduates

We are so confident that this program will be successful in educating, training, and employing young adults that we guarantee every participant who successfully completes the program will find employment.

How can we guarantee employment? Tommy Nobis Center has been empowering people through employment for 45 years. We know what training and support young people with disabilities need to be successful in the workplace, and we know how to provide it. We are well connected with local and national businesses and government agencies that trust TNC to prepare and provide the employees they need.

Program Model

The Academy offers accelerated vocational education and training on life skills and job readiness.

EDUCATE: Three months of curriculum-based vocational training. Topics include life skills, social skills for employment, self-advocacy, vocational skills, confidence, communication, and more! Instruction takes place in the classroom and in the community.

TRAIN: Three-month internship that includes on-site and community-based instruction. Participants will be able to explore specific career pathways and learn about targeted vocational topics.

EMPLOY: Six months of specialized employment support to ensure success. All participants who complete the program will be guaranteed employment.


  • Immersive vocational education, training, and employment
  • Training on workplace readiness and self-advocacy
  • Education on life skills to support the development of successful, contributing citizens
  • Experiential learning that helps build confidence
  • Training both on-site and in the community to prepare students for employment


  • More employed individuals contributing to the local economy
  • Greater justice and equality rooted in opportunities for all
  • Solutions for employers seeking skilled, qualified workers
  • Support for employers’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals

Admission Criteria

Tommy Nobis Center offers multiple cohorts each year serving up to 15 students within each cohort of The Academy. All applicants will be assessed for enrollment based upon their ability to meet identified criteria including:

  • Young Adult with a disability
  • Have been served under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Ability to function independently for extended periods of time
  • Personal behavioral and emotional control
  • Desire and motivation to obtain employment
  • Must be willing to self-pay tuition and/or engage with alternative financial support options

Tommy Nobis Center has an ongoing application for The Academy, whereby, students have the opportunity to apply at any time within the year for future cohorts. With the submission of a completed application, students will be required to provide applicable required documentation as well as engage in an interview assessment to determine eligibility for The Academy.


The Academy has four main standards for curriculum. Within each Standard, a myriad of subtopics will be covered to fully equip students with the knowledge needed to be successful in their future employment. Standards will be ongoing throughout the 3-month Educate Pillar to deliver a well-rounded vocational training experience.

Standard 1: Life Skills for successful employment
Standard 2: Social Skills for positive work interactions
Standard 3: Vocational Skills
Standard 4: Community-Based Integration

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Will Be Served by The Academy?

Young Adults with a disability such as autism, intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, deafness or hearing impairment, blindness, developmental delays, emotional disturbances, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, certain physical impairments, and more.

How Will Applications and Recruitment Work?

Tommy Nobis Center anticipates that the majority of applicants will be just out of high school. We encourage students with disabilities who are nearing the end of high school to apply, as well as those who have attempted to enter the workforce on their own without success. The Academy has a “rolling application;” there is no specific cutoff date during the year for applications. Applications are reviewed continuously and qualified students are accepted into cohorts until a cohort is full.

Where Is The Academy Located?

The Academy will have state-of-the-art classrooms our students need and deserve. It will provide a post-secondary experience, but with the creative, accelerated programming and support only Tommy Nobis Center can provide. The Academy is currently at Tommy Nobis Center at 1480 Bells Ferry Road, Marietta, GA. It will move to Tommy Nobis Center’s new Cobb County location at 240 Interstate N. Parkway, Atlanta in mid-2024.