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Navigating the public school special education system can be complicated and frustrating at times. Our role is to support you and your child so that you can receive all that you are afforded under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Free Appropriate Pubic Education (FAPE) section 504. Our...


Pre-Employment Training

Our Pre-Employment Training will focus on basic prerequisite work skills needed for successful employment. Topics covered will include: skills survey, filling out applications and other forms, professionalism, problem solving, time management, and much more.


Life Skills

Our Life Skills Training is tailored to meet the individual needs of each student. Education and training will encompass a variety of methods including role playing, web-based programs, written exercises, and practical applications. It includes a variety of topics from managing emotions, organizational skills for home and school, Internet safety, bullying, and much more.


Social Skills

We offer Social Skills Training utilizing an evidence-based group treatment program for children, teens and young adults in both a small group setting and/or a 1:1 setting with structured outings to practice the skills learned. Both the small group and the 1:1 social skills training include a complimentary membership to one of our Social Clubs that meet monthly.



We offer 1:1 tutoring with qualified tutors who will assess your child’s current reading and or math level and then focus on strengthening areas of weakness. If your child has an IEP, we will focus on helping your child meet his/her goals and objectives. Tutoring is available as individual sessions or in a variety of discounted packages.




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Our Story

After 26 years in the field of education, an idea began to unfold: Two Businesses- One Vision.

Hickory Trading Company is an artisan gift and coffee house located in the heart of Great Bridge. We feature the talented works of many local artists while serving a variety of sandwiches, paninis, salads and the best locally roasted coffee in town. This beautiful, rustic coffee house might be small but it serves a big purpose.

Hickory Trading Company exists to support our non-profit, The Hitching Post Educational Center that serves those with special needs. Our older students job coach and learn life skills by working in Hickory Trading Company alongside specially trained job coaches and educators. Hickory Trading Company is proud to host events such as Tabletop Thursdays (Game Night for Teens and Adults), sip and paint classes and other workshops along and many other community events.

Our mission is to provide a place and opportunity for those with special needs to learn employment and life skills critical to living an independent life. Hickory Trading Company and The Hitching Post Educational Center work hand-in-hand to provide opportunity, training and support to this vital population while bringing awareness to our very supportive community. Our customers can't help but to leave with a smile on their faces and uplifted spirits as they are greeted and served by our amazing job coaching crew.

We invite you to come on out and Sip, Shop and Support!

Patti Howell

Executive Director

The Hitching Post Educational Center

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The Hitching Post Education Center, 2019