Passport to Success Transition Event Welcomes High School Juniors and Seniors with Disabilities

November 16, 2010 at 10:18 am

USC Upstate will be the featured institution at the 2010 Passport to Success Transition Event on Friday, November 19, at McAlister Square in Greenville.  Hosted by Greenville Technical College, the annual event welcomes college-bound high school juniors and seniors with disabilities from all over Greenville County, and brings them together for a day of workshops to help them prepare for the transition to college.  Workshops include information on admissions, financial aid, accommodations, college life, the QuickJobs program, vocational rehabilitation, SSI, and others.  Over 450 students have registered for the event, and will be accompanied by special education and resource teachers and administrators from Greenville County schools.

As the featured institution, USC Upstate will provide workshops, feature a keynote speaker, participate in a college life panel of current students, and distribute door prizes.  Clifton Reaves, who graduated last May and is blind, will be the keynote speaker, and will perform his original gospel rap composition as entertainment, as well as provide DJ services while the students are eating lunch.  Several South Carolina universities and colleges will be represented, as well as area businesses and vendors.  USC Upstate-themed door prizes have been provided by the USC Upstate Bookstore and Student Affairs.  Several USC Upstate education and special education majors will receive class or clinical credit for helping with the event. 

USC Upstate will also feature a table for the new Upstate Direct Connect partnership. For more information, contact Margaret Camp, USC Upstate’s Director of Disability Services and ADA Coordinator at mcamp@uscupstate.edu or 503-5199.