Transition Conference

Transition Conference prepares students for life after high school

An annual conference was held last month to provide resources as students prepare for the transition to life after high school.

“When students graduate, they may not know about the educational services and career opportunities available to them,” said Misty Harris, a transition consultant with the CSIU. “This conference helped students learn about the options available to prepare for the next step after high school.”

This year’s conference included keynote speakers Dr. Mindy Andino and Gabriel Brown. Dr. Andino, an assistant professor of education at Bloomsburg University, discussed ways for students to access help at college. Brown, a Bloomsburg University student, spoke to participants about living with a disability and overcoming obstacles while attending college. 

Nearly 20 breakout sessions provided attendees with additional learning opportunities and included topics such as employer expectations, money matters,
 job coaching, social media, internet safety, assistive technology and higher education opportunities. 

Kordell Haines, a senior attending SUN Area Technical Institute, was presented with the Dr. Cynthia Schloss Transition Education Award. The award was created to honor the memory of Dr. Schloss, a former Bloomsburg University professor. It is presented annually to a student who is nominated by his or her teacher and displays "a strong work ethic and commitment to preparation for adult life."

More than 230 students from six local school districts in Snyder and Union counties, SUN Area Technical Institute and the CSIU’s Work Foundations + program attended the conference at Bloomsburg University.

The CSIU and the Union-Snyder Transition Coordinating Council co-sponsored this year’s conference.

Photo caption: Kordell Haines received the 2015 Dr. Cynthia Schloss Transition Education Award from Rebecca Schloss, the daughter of Dr. Cynthia Schloss.
Below, are conference keynote speakers Dr. Mindy Andino and Gabriel Brown.