Atlanta-based Cumberland Academy of Georgia has established a partnership between itself and two Chick-fil-A stores in the Perimeter Mall area. This partnership will allow students to learn culinary skills from the director of training, Jeff Chong.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia, a school for students with special needs located in Atlanta, Georgia, recently entered into a partnership with Chick-fil-A Perimeter Pointe and Chick-fil-A Hammond Drive. Several high school aged students will be “trained” by the director of training Jeff Chong in culinary skills. These skills will include kitchen safety, meal prep, grocery purchasing, and clean up skills.

“We are extremely happy about our new partnership with Cumberland Academy of Georgia,” says Jeff Chong. “Chick-fil-A is one of the most progressive and dynamic companies with respect to training employees. Combining my enjoyment of culinary with my work at Chick-fil-A will be rewarding as we are able to see new skills develop with the students. We are very excited to begin working in the school.”

Jeff Chong currently works with new hires teaching them how to work at Chick-fil-A and places each new hire in positions within the restaurant based on their skills. He also works on re-training employees by exploring new skills.

“This new partnership is such an excellent opportunity for our students,” says Debbi Scarborough, headmaster and founding director of Cumberland Academy of Georgia. “Jeff encourages his team and we know he will encourage our students. We are excited for students at Cumberland to have this opportunity.”

About Cumberland Academy of Georgia:

Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades 4 through 12 who have high-functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2007 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough, and is a fully-accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year-round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Terri Brooks, director of admissions, at 404-835-9000, or email