INSIDE LOOK: Edgewood students with special needs get work skills, training at Burleson Center

Students also learn independent living

SAN ANTONIO – KSAT's RJ Marquez and Andrew Wilson got to the visit the Burleson Center for Innovation and Education.

The center houses students 18 years and older who are in the Edgewood Independent School District.

These are students in special education who have graduated and continue to receive services at Edgewood to work on employment, independent living and education or training skills.

Some areas of work in the building include:

  • A T-shirt and print shop that takes custom orders
  • A bike repair shop recently named Dos Calles Bike Shop
  • The Burleson Cafe
  • The Burleson Boutique
  • A warehouse
  • A sensory room
  • A sensory and vegetable garden known as Edgewood Inspiration Gardens

Program specialist Sarah Minner says students receive instruction in the specific areas and are taught a skill set with the goal of establishing paid employment for the students.

Areas at the Burleson Center are structured and individualized for maximum student independence.

Check out the video to get an inside look at this amazing facility on the West Side.

About the Authors:

RJ Marquez has been at KSAT since 2010. He's covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area, and is the lead reporter for KSAT Explains. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms. You can see RJ regularly on KSAT Explains and Good Morning San Antonio. He also writes a weekly Spurs newsletter.

Andrew Wilson is a digital journalist and social media producer at KSAT.