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Jobs That Know No Limits

Transitional Learning Center

Jobs That Know No Limits

In many ways, Bryce Clayton’s career path is like that of any other ambitious young professional. His first job offered few opportunities for advancement, so he set his sights on UPS, where he hoped to build a career.

Bryce was hired by UPS, received his training and jumped right into his job responsibilities. Years later, he is now a supervisor at the Worldport facility, UPS’s main air hub for global transportation, located in Louisville, Kentucky. His next goal is to become a hub manager. “The word ‘can’t’ is not in my vocabulary at all,” Bryce says.

What makes Bryce’s story remarkable is that he came to UPS through the Transitional Learning Center (TLC), a cooperative effort between UPS and the Louisville-based Coalition for Workforce Diversity. The program is designed for people with a range of disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, and visual and hearing losses.

Individuals are placed with UPS by Options Unlimited, a nonprofit job placement service for those with disabilities. In groups of six or fewer, participants undergo two weeks of classroom and hands-on training covering UPS-specific methods and procedures, in addition to soft skills like teamwork and stress management. They are encouraged to try several different operational jobs to determine the best fit. TLC has graduated 304 employees since it was established in 2014. Many graduates, like Bryce, still work at UPS and have gone on to mentor others.

“You cannot prosper without being an inclusive company,” says Scott Gregory, Training & Retention Manager at the Worldport facility. “This program gives different perspectives, it gives different points of view, and it makes folks challenge each other in the way we think. It’s making our company better and stronger.”

Bryce

The word ‘can’t’ is not in my vocabulary at all

Photo: Bryce Clayton, Part-Time Worldport Operations Supervisor
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See how the Transitional Learning Center at Worldport paved the way for a meaningful career for UPSer Bryce Clayton. This video received top honors at the prestigious Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Film Festival.

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