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Life after high school focus of expo

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BEMIDJI — For families considering a teenager’s life after high school, the annual Transition Expo is set this week.

The expo is designed to provide access to agencies and representatives who can provide support and services for special education students as they prepare to graduate.

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But while the event is aimed to provide post-high school information, all students in grades 9-12 are welcome to attend to start planning for the future.

The expo runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bemidji High School in the auxiliary gym.

Vendors on hand will range from post-secondary options to housing to employment to military.

“It can be scary for parents to think of their young people, who have a disability, going off out their own,” said Eva Pohl, special education supervisor with the Bemidji Regional Interdistrict Council, which provides special education services to 11 area school districts. “If (parents) can get a face (with an agency) and make a connection, they can start building toward that.”

The Bemidji Area Community Transition Interagency Committee planned the event. That is a committee composed of representatives from the Bemidji School District, surrounding school districts served by BRIC, and other community agencies in the region.

Stephanie Hubbard, special education director with the Bemidji School District, said the event has been moved to earlier in the afternoon in hopes students will simply stay after school and their families will meet them on the high school campus.

Door prizes will be available.

Hubbard and Pohl both suggested, too, that students and interns pursuing work in these fields also consider attending as they can view firsthand some of the partnerships developed to best meet an individual’s needs.

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