Donald Swickert, BCCAC’s first Executive Director, and a team of three staff members served seven clients in what became a permanent location at 1845 Cogswell Street in Rockledge, where the Center still resides today.
The history of BAC’s dedicated team spirit to become Brevard Achievement Center (as it was renamed in 1975) has grown to become a premier agency serving people with disabilities. Forging key corporate partnerships and working with the AbilityOne Program, the agency offers employment and training opportunities at federal contract sites across Florida, Puerto Rico, Virginia and North Carolina. Furthermore, BAC’s longstanding partnership with Brevard Public Schools has allowed the Center to reach out to students with disabilities to help them plan for the future.
With a staff of 90 and 5,000-plus clients served annually, the Center is a United Way partner. For 39 consecutive years continues to be recognized by CARF with its highest level of accreditation. BAC also consistently meets quality guidelines set by agencies like the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Education’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program.
The commitment of BAC’s founders, parents, dedicated staff and numerous volunteers has played a critical role in the formation of its quality programs and services offered. This legacy of service and commitment is instilled in the organization and is seen each day in the many ways that BAC serves its clients, business partners and families….and ultimately its mission.