Transition conference brings local high school students to BU

For immediate release: March 31, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — More than 260 high school students with disabilities will learn about college, community living and jobs after high school at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on Monday, April 14. The seventh annual Transition Conference will be held in partnership with the Columbia-Montour Transition Council.

Students from seven school districts will attend the all-day event, featuring presentations and panel discussions led by current BU students, local community leaders and BU faculty. Discussions will focus on continuing education, independent living, health and safety, coping strategies and communication. Current BU students with disabilities and students in the department of exceptionality programs will assist with the conference.

The Columbia-Montour Transition Council functions as a resource for current high school students with disabilities, according to James Krause, associate professor and chair of exceptionality programs at BU. Through partnerships with community organizations and businesses, including Bloomsburg University, the council helps students prepare for adult life through job placements, continued education and independent living.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.