LAURINBURG – Scotland County Schools held its annual Transition Fair Tuesday to show Exceptional Children students what educational and employment opportunities are available to them after school.
More than 30 vendors participated this year at the fair held at the Belk Center at St. Andrews University. The fair is held to help the students transition from childhood to adulthood. Forty-two 42 students from Scotland High School and 10 from Shaw Academy participated.
“The kids were dressed to impressed,” said Cicely Covington, Transition Program specialist at Scotland High. “Some had resumes and a few completed applications. I even had some parents come and stay with their children and we never have that. It was the best one we’ve had so far. A few of them even got a chance to register to vote.”
Covington has been involved in the fair for the past four years. Each year after the fair those participated including students, staff and vendors complete surveys giving their feedback on the event sharing what they liked and what could improve.
“It’s gets better and better. I even had some vendors tell me today they could see the growth in our students this year,” she said.
Covuington said one of the things that stood out was that students were able to introduce themselves and engage with the vendors. Covington said one student made such an impression that the student was asked to come back and talk with the vendor for a future opportunity.
Students prepared for the day for about five to six weeks, working on presentation and how to dress, interview skills, resume building and finally self advocacy, according to Covington.
The event has been a success. Vendors shared with Covington there were students working in their businesses currently from the EC department. One company has four.
There were some colleges and universities representatives present to talk with students able to move on to a two- or four-year college after graduation.
Cynthnia Nwachukwu, director of operations for Rainbow 66 Storehouse Inc. was one of the vendors present.
She described her company as an intellectual development service. The company has group homes, offer day program activities programs as well as job coach services.
“We came today just to let folk know we are in the community providing excellent services to those who choose to entrust us with their families. We’re just glad to be apart of this community of Scotland County.”
Mary Draper with Vocational Rehabilitation was also in attendance with her coworkers, Brandy Brown, intern at the Vocational Rehabilitation Office in Laurinburg, Monique Woods, caseworker, Melanie Hunt, business relations representative.
Draper said they were there enlighten the students on how to transition from school to life.
“Hopefully to get the support they need to make their life successful. We are one of the support agencies.”
Anyone interested in participating next year can contact Covington at 910-276-7370 extension 43050.
Maria D. Grandy can be reached at 910-506-3171.