On March 2nd students from Letcher, Magoffin, Pike, Pikeville Independent, and Wolfe gathered at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville at a Transition Fair hosted by Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative and funded in collaboration with an award by Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. On March 3rd students from Knott, Lee, Owsley, and Perry gathered at the Knott County Sportsplex for the second day of the Transition Fair. More than 400 students, educators, and parents were in attendance at the events. KVEC staff worked with more than 16 partners including local banks, higher education, and other agencies to help students learn how to make the successful transition from high school to post secondary life. “This was an amazing Fair!” said Andrew Hobbs Lee County High School
Perhaps the most anticipated sessions were those where students got to personally engage with the gold medal winning Paralympic Goal Ball team and Paralympic Athlete Fawn Washington. The Goal Ball team demonstrated the game that is a team sport designed specifically for blind athletes. They also allowed students to try their hand at the game. Fawn Washington is a double amputee who competes in Shot Put and Discus Throw. She was the guest speaker and talked with students in small groups. The Goal Ball team and Fawn will be participating in the Paralympic games in Rio this year. These two sessions demonstrated for our area students that any goal they have is attainable and they can overcome any disability and barrier when they follow their passion.
“Thanks for inviting Big Sandy CTC to be a part of the Transition Fairs! I have enjoyed the past two events.” -Amanda Catron Admission Advisor