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High School Students Get To Experience a Day in the Life as a College Student

February 20, 2012

KUTZTOWN- KU hosts "Transition Academy Day," on February 29, aiming to bring college bound 11th graders who have a disability (mostly learning disabilities) to experience a day at college through transition planning.

This is a program of the Berks County Intermediate Unit's (BCIU) Transition Coordinating Council and area colleges. This year Kutztown University will host up to 32 students and 16 staff from eight area high schools including Schuylkill Valley, Kutztown, Fleetwood, Brandywine, Hamburg, Tulpehocken, Muhlenberg and Daniel Boone.

Reading Area Community College will host up to 28 students and 14 staff from seven area high schools including Antietam, Reading HS, Wilson, Twin Valley, Exeter, Governor Mifflin and Oley Valley.

Students will have a session on time management and organization and will hear from KU Disability Services and a panel of students with disabilities on how they negotiate accommodations and classes. Juniors will also attend a class with a KU student volunteer, eat lunch with that student and attend a simulated class for which they were provided a reading ahead of time. 

There will be an "Educators Roundtable" where high school staff will discuss with college faculty the skills needed to successfully prepare students for college. 

For more information on Transition Academy Day, please contact KU's director of Disability Services, Pat Richter, at or 610-683-4108 or Kym Kleinsmith, Adaptive Technology/Educational support specialist at Reading Area Community College at 610-372-4721, x5265.