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New Course Bridges High School and College

3/13/2009 —

DuBois – A new course at Penn State DuBois will soon be available for high school students with disabilities.  The Office of Disability Services in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation has created a one credit course focusing on college issues.  Foundations of Post-Secondary Transition is designed to help students with disabilities transition to college successfully. 

“In this course the students will learn the differences in disability services, laws and regulations from high school to college,” explains Disability Services Coordinator Diana Kreydt.  “They’ll also get help with developing the organizational and study skills needed for college, and learn how to prepare and be successful.”  Kreydt explains that the process of registering for this course will be the same process used when students register for any college course.  She says even that will give students a valuable lesson.

“I think it will really help because they will know what to expect,” said Kreydt’s intern, Ken Davis, who is also working to establish the course. “There hasn’t been too much information out there for people with disabilities.  We’ll encourage them and show them they can be successful in post-secondary training and in life.”  To illustrate this point Kreydt has pictures of famous people with disabilities hanging on the wall behind her desk.  The celebrities featured on the wall include Orlando Bloom, who is dyslexic, and Vince Vaughn who has a learning disability. 

The class will meet twice a week for eight weeks.  Upon completion of the course, students will earn one college credit. 

For more information, contact Diana Kreydt at (814) 372-3037 or dlk34@psu.edu.

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