About us

The desire of the founding partners of I.C.C.S Academy is to “Impact a million lives”. Mere words without the vision to formulate a plan that includes all Americans in the prosperous activities of this great nation. To include all Americans, the realization that every individual has unique strengths and weaknesses that must also account for the barriers experienced by specific groups in our society. Accounting for these barriers goes beyond simple acknowledgement. It is the assessment and mitigation of the identified barriers as related to younger learners and adult learner’s. A consistent systematic monitoring of student progress, coupled with a continued emphasis on building independence, a competent knowledge base, and exposure to career opportunities makes I.C.C.S Academy’s registered apprenticeship for skilled construction workers a movement rather than an organization.

Shereena Johnson

Education Director

Starting out as a preschool assistant teacher and worker her way to becoming a preschool principal where she was responsible for over three hundred children ages six weeks to thirteen years old. Over a period of fifteen years, Shereena continued to gain knowledge on how to be an effective leader through teaching, training, management and customer service. She recieved her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology-Human Performance from Huston-Tilotson University. After gaining such positive feedback in leadership positions, she went on to obtain her Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Shereena is currently attending Lamar University, she is studying for her Doctoral in Educational Leadership with a concentration Global Studies. What she love’s the most about ICCS, is that they are providing anyone an opportunity, that is willing to learn or grow their skills in construction and in life.

Derrick Smith

Director of Career Advancement

One of our managing partners who graduated from Texas A&M University. Derrick studied Electrical Engineering, while also being a member of the fighting Texas Aggie football team. He has over 10 successful years in high tech sales and marketing. Later on in Derrick’s career he launched his own business, JAHMOR Janitorial, which later became JAHMOR Enterprise. Being a managing partner with I.C.C.S, Derrick continues to create opportunities to impact the lives of those in the African American community. Our mission is to impact 1 million lives through construction and as the director of career advancement, Derrick knows he is custom-made for this task and responsibility.

Zacharias Johnson

Program Director

Zach has spent the last 20 years as a construction manager, consultant, trainer and general contractor. During that time he also proudly served in the military armed forces as an information systems specialist and analyzer. He reicieved his Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of TRaining and Development from Dallas Baptist University. Zach is cuttently pursing his Doctoral of Education from Northcentral University with a concentration in Global training and development.

Carl Burnside

Wraparound Director

Carl started out as a behavioral tech at a residential treatment facility for juveniles, He worked his way up to team lead, then to a counselor, and eventually started his own mental health agency. Carl is passionate about helping people achieve their goals. He has well over 10 years of experience working in the mental health and nonprofit industries. Carl has also successfully consulted dozens of entraprenuers and startups while running a successful business of his own. He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Valparasio University. His Masters in clinical mental health

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