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9:00 - 2:30Registration begins at 8:15

Please join BLaST IU17 and the Pennsylvania College of Technology as we present the annual 2019 Transition Conference!

This event is open to Special Education High School students in grades 10-12 as well as parents, guardians, and other interested parties. We will be providing speakers and breakout sessions on the following three areas of Postsecondary Transition – Education and Training, Employment, and Independent Living.

Contact Disability Services at or 570-320-5225 for more information.


The registration fee is $10 per participant, lunch will be provided.

Deadline to register is February 22, 2019

Student Registration

Students will need the Purchase Order number from their School District for registration

Guest Registration

Parents and students who choose to private pay will need a credit card for registration

Conference Schedule







Session 1


Session 2



Session 3








Student/Parent Panel



Session 4



Session Descriptions

  •   indicates a session geared toward parents as well as students
  • All attendees must choose the Vendor Space as one of their sessions
  Intro to PA CareerLink Services An overview of s upport and services that are available at the PA CareerLink.
Difference Between High School &
College: Rights and Responsibilities
Gain an understanding of the rights, responsibilities and accommodations / services available at the College
level for students with Disabilities.
  Interested in Trying Out College?
Promoting Academic Success
Learn about the 1 credit College course available at the Pennsylvania College of Technology through
OVR. This course allows you to "try out" College before High School graduation.
  How to Choose the Right College or
Are you planning to attend a College or University after High School? This session will provide you with a
variety of resources and tools to assist you while searching Colleges and Universities.
  Tech for Transition: Using Assistive
This workshop will highlight devices students may already have (smartphones, tablets, etc.) that are proven
to support students' independence and success after graduation from High School.
Financial Health: Managing Money,
Reducing Debt, Making Wise Choices
The purpose of this session is to teach students to understand the importance of making smart financial
choices now and after graduation.
  Community Service and Volunteerism The purpose of the presentation is to educate students on the benefits of being active within their
community, learn new experiences, develop new skills, network, and boosting their resume.
Financial Aid - The Basics This session will provide insights on what important steps need to be completed and when to complete
them with regard to Financial Aid.
  What Does it take to be a College
Athlete at the Various Levels?
A brief description of the 3 levels that the NCAA provides for College bound student-athletes and what the
differences are between the 3 levels.
  The Essentials of Building
Learn about how to define a healthy vs. unhealthy relationship, and how to navigate the waters of difficult
personal and professional situations.
  Social Media and Its Effects Discuss what is a professional image, explore what is your professional image is, and why it matters.
  Campus Tours Explore the Penn College campus and get a glimpse of life as a Penn College student.
  Admissions and Aid - Everything You
Need to Know!
Join us for an overview of the Admissions & Financial Aid processes at Penn College, we're here to answer
questions and share advice on how you and your student can prepare for this exciting next step!
  Career Exploration - Planning your
Using an online career assessment inventory, discover majors that may suit your personality and areas of
Introduction to OVR Informational session on services offered by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the Early
Reach Initiative.
  Circles of My Multicultural Self Learn how group members discover their multicultural identities and examine the stereotypes that are
attributed to specific identities.
Legal Concerns in Transitioning to
Learn about Power of Attorney vs. Guardianship, qualifications for SSDI, Medicaid and other Government
benefits, how to protect your or your child's Government benefits, and PA ABLE accounts.
  Opportunities With Today's Military Information on the different types benefits that can be gained from joining the various branches of United
States Military Service.
  Vendor Space Students will practice their self-advocacy skills as they explore various agencies that are available to
support them with their Post-Secondary Transition needs.