Transition Academy helps prepare disabled students for college

Penn State Berks and Kutztown University hosted the 2009 Transition Academy Day from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4. The event was originally scheduled for Jan. 28 and was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The Transition Academy serves to educate Berks County high school students with disabilities on the skills needed to transition successfully to college. The event is in its second year of widespread participation; this year’s participants include 14 school districts, with 56 students divided between Penn State Berks and Kutztown University.

As part of the agenda at Penn State Berks, the students sat in classes at 11 a.m., accompanied by a college student mentor.

“It’s important for these students to have a hands-on experience,” explained Susan Anderson, Penn State Berks disability services coordinator. “By participating in an authentic college class, they can see the difference between high school and college and get a grasp of what’s expected of a college student.”

Additionally, the students attended a presentation titled “Skills for Success in College,” followed by the Academic Success Panel question-and-answer session, as well as a simulated class led by a college instructor that requires prerequisite reading.

“Students who attend Transition Academy Day learn about the keys to success in college and how to take advantage of the many academic support services available,” commented Anderson.

For more information or to talk about next year's Transition Academy, contact Susan M. Anderson, Penn State Berks disability services coordinator, at (610) 396-6410 or via e-mail at

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Last Updated March 19, 2009