In Greater Clark County Schools, college and career readiness (CCR) applies to all students. Graduate acceptance to a post-secondary opportunity means more than just going to college. A post-secondary opportunity is defined as attending a four-year school, two-year school, apprenticeship, the military, or a full-time job in the workforce. Our CCR initiative encompasses all students and that is why the Clark County Special Education Co-op hosted a Transition Fair on Friday, September 25 at Eastside Christian Church in Jeffersonville for special education students and parents in Greater Clark County Schools, Clarksville Community Schools, and West Clark Community Schools.
The Transition Fair consisted of presentations for parents and students with mild to significant disabilities who will be exiting high school with a certificate of completion instead of a diploma. Over 100 middle and high school students and their parents attended the event to be educated on resources that are available after the student leaves school. Students attended specific activities while their parents listen to keynote speaker, Dawn Gee from Wave 3 News. Special Education Supervisors met with teachers of the students prior to the event to discuss student interests and help decide which activities would be beneficial for the students to attend. Students and parents had the chance to meet with various vendors to receive information about employment opportunities, transportation advice, and more. They left the event with a packet of supplies and information to help in their transition beyond high school.
The Transition Fair was sponsored by the GCCS Educational Foundation and the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities.