On March 24th Juniors and Seniors with disabilities throughout Berks County will travel to the Crown Plaza to participate in the Employability Expo. The Employability Expo is an event sponsored by the Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC).
The BCTCC is made up of educators, agency personal, and service providers who are invested in improving transition services and processes for the students with disabilities as they transition from school to adulthood. (For more information on BCTCC please visit www.berkstransition.org).
The Employability Expo is designed to give student information and practice of what it is like to be employed. Workshops will be given by adults on the programs that will be available to students after high school. Young adults from the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network will also give a workshop to attendees to tell them what the real world is like and how they can have a voice in the process.
Students will also be able to practice their interview skills a few times as service providers and employers throughout the county conduct mock interviews. The participants are score on each interview and the information is given to their teachers. The hosts of the event hope that teachers and students take this information and use it to improve their skills for future interviews.
Participants will also be treated to a fashion show demonstrating what to wear to an interview and on the job. Transition coordinators at each school district will choose the students who will attend. Contact the district’s transition coordinator if you or your children are interested. If you are not sure who the coordinator is please contact the district’s Special Education Department.
This event is invaluable for students with disabilities to gain experience of what the real world will be when they leave high school.