Pollak Training Center

The Pollak Training Center (PTC) provides services that focus on helping adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities reach their full potential, whether it is in the community or the classroom.


PTC offers:

• Low participant-to-staff ratios to fulfill the needs of adults with disabilities
• Job-skill training through secure document shredding and a horticulture program
• Community inclusion and leisure activities, basic education classes, computer  enhanced learning and self-help training


Adult Enrichment Program

This program focuses on learning basic social skills and studying topics that help participants interact independently in the community. This fun-filled adult day training program provides a safe, educational environment that encourages friendships, laughter and learning. In addition to visual art, participants receive instruction on self care, they play in a rhythm band, and they become physically active through exercise, yoga and dance. 

Basic Education

In partnership with Pensacola State College and Escambia County Schools, instructors offer courses ranging from daily living skills to reading and math. Computer assisted learning opportunities are also available through this program. These courses are available to participants with jobs in secure document shredding, the plant nursery, and individuals in the the Adult Enrichment program.

Art Program

The Art Program is part of our Adult Enrichment. The program gives people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to create art by learning ceramics and painting.


Local artists often visit the art program to help participants learn new techniques. Currently, the Art Program has teachers who instruct participants in artwork such as jewelry making and pottery. The people we serve in this program also have opportunities to sell their artwork at local art shows and festivals, including the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival. As many as 50 clients sell their work at these festivals.


Artwork can be purchased at the Adult Enrichment Gallery in the Pollak Training Center from 8a to 2p, Monday through Friday and at the Dove Garden Shop from 10a to 5p, Tuesday through Friday and 11 to 3p on Saturday. 

Plant Nursery

Adults with developmental disabilities learn work skills and earn an income while caring for the plants in the nursery. The nursery has a wide variety of mature, seasonal bedding plants and landscaping plants for purchase. We also offer holiday specials including Easter lilies, Christmas trees and poinsettias.  


HOURS:  Monday-Friday 7AM - 4PM; Saturday 8AM-2PM

Phone:  850-469-0096


For more information, pricing and current plants in season, Click here.

Document Shredding and Digital Storage

Funded with an Impact 100 grant, the document shredding program employs more than 40 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing them with valuable vocational training and an opportunity to earn a paycheck!


Phone: 850-438-5577


For information about the pricing and processes used in Arc's document shredding program, click here.

Meet the Pollak Training Center Program Manager

Dawn VonStein, 850-438-5577 x 1113, dvonstein@arc-gateway.org


A native Pensacolian, Dawn Von Stein graduated from the University of West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education.  She began working at Arc in 1993 as a support specialist for the Women’s Training Center where she felt she could use her teaching background to help teach daily living skills to the women at the group home. She’s made her career at Arc Gateway, she says, “Because there are few other places I could work where every day is different, I feel like I’m making a difference in someone’s life, and I am truly loved by those I serve.”

Pollak Training Center

1000 East Fairfield Drive

Pensacola, FL  32503


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