Grant Students Learn About Accommodations, Transition Services at College Forum

     Published on 4/11/16   Tagged under:    District News    Grant Middle School   

Do you like rock walls? What about bubble soccer? Movie nights? Or going to Sky Zone at Destiny USA?
“There’s a lot of that,” one SUNY Cortland student explained of having fun at college, “But you have to find a balance that with your schoolwork.”
Eighth graders at Grant Middle School who face learning challenges enjoyed the fourth annual College Forum in the school’s library. Students from OCC, LeMoyne College, SUNY Cortland and the SUNY Polytechnic Institute—all of whom receive some kind of support services in college—spoke with the Grant students about their college experience. Representatives from each school’s Disability Services office also took part, sharing information about services with the young students.
“The goal is to let our kids know that college is a possibility for them, even with an IEP [Individualized Education Program] or a learning disability,” Grant Special Education teacher Heather Young explained. “It’s usually eye opening for them to see what services would be available to them. It helps them see college as an opportunity!”
After a panel introduction, visitors broke up into small group discussions with the Grant students. Students inquired about college classes and coursework, roommate agreements and dorm life, testing accommodations and more. They learned about the kinds of supports available to help overcome learning challenges in college and how to seek out these resources.
“I didn’t know that you can have a job while you’re in high school, before you go to college,” Tyler W. said.
“I learned that people who have disabilities can still go college and learn like everyone else,” Darius W. added.
Students were encouraged to start preparing for college now by working hard in school, discovering areas that interest them and doing research on what college might be a good fit for them.
As they exited their small group discussions, students shook hands with their visitors and panelists urged, “You can do it! Don’t give up!”
Thank you to all who took part in this event to help students learn about the opportunities they have to get into college, stay in college and achieve success while working with an IEP!