Smith School Hosts Successful First-Ever Navigating Post-Secondary Possibilities Day

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The gymnasium at TST BOCES’ Darwin C. Smith School was buzzing with activity recently, as a large turnout of students participated in the first annual Navigating Post-Secondary Possibilities Day.

The event, which was held to help high school juniors and seniors with disabilities build relationships and connections with several local agencies, generated great opportunities for participating students, according to Michelle Pronti and Debbie Demers, both Work Based Coordinators at TST BOCES.

The event included representatives from career planning and placement agencies, educational and training institutions and the military, each of whom shared information regarding post-secondary services they provide.

Prior to visiting with the agencies, students listened to several guest speakers who provided insight into what skillsets were required to successfully transition into a post-secondary position.

While Pronti and Demers were pleased with the turnout the event generated in its first year, they both acknowledged their hope for the event to grow even better next year.

“We gathered feedback from the teachers, parents, participants and student attendees about what changes should or could be made for next year. This feedback was important as we were only able to see the event through one lens,” said Pronti.

wow-studentsStudent attendees speak with a career representative at the TST BOCES first-ever Navigating Post-Secondary Possibilities Day.