College fair for those with special needs set for Nov. 12
November 6, 2013 11:20PM
Updated: December 11, 2013 6:11AM
Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 will host its fourth annual Turning Point College & Career Fair for students with disabilities from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at Lincoln-Way West High School, 21701 S. Gougar Road, New Lenox Township.
Participants will receive information about self-advocacy, college admissions criteria and the differences between college and high school, according to a district news release.
“We believe that every student at Lincoln-Way should use the four years of high school to develop skills, interests and abilities that will lead them to a career they will pursue with passion, and understand how to meet their learning needs at the postsecondary level,” Lincoln-Way West pupil personnel director Holly Pierson said in the news release.
College representatives from the offices of disability services will attend from schools including Eureka College, St. Mary’s of Minnesota, DeVry University, Western Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Northern Michigan University, Lincoln College, University of Iowa, Purdue University–Calumet, St. Xavier University, Trinity Christian College, McKendree University, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, Southern Illinois University and Northern Illinois University.
Representatives from the military include the Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy.
Joliet Junior College representatives include Jeff Bradford, a professor of industrial maintenance technology; Mike Brncick, professor of orthotics and prosthetics technology; Laura Cotner, professor of architecture, engineering, construction management; Luann DiMonte, technical department specialist, and Rosa Salazar, admissions specialist.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the Lincoln-Way West Fine Arts Auditorium. Three breakout sessions will follow.
District 210 director of special services Mary Harrison said the sessions will include high school graduates who are enrolled in a postsecondary program.
“They will present information about how to navigate programs along with ideas and suggestions on how to utilize support in these settings, based on their own experience,” Harrison said. “For the last three years, this has been one of the most popular sections of the evening.”