NEWBERRY COUNTY — The Newberry Family Literacy Program hosted its annual Transition Meeting recently to provide information for a select number of Newberry County high school students.
The meeting provided information regarding an array of topics such as: transitioning tips from high school to higher education and from high school to the world of work, financial aid, striving and surviving in college and career, and soft skills to success.
The presenters were knowledgeable and engaging. The facilitators were Special Populations Coordinator Carrie Montgomery and Newberry County Career Center Guidance Counselor Jennifer Holliday.
Robert “Bert” Neel, T.D. Bank Manager, engaged students through an alternative Financial Literacy 101 course with tips about budgeting as well as building credit and the correct way to manage student loans.
Carrie Montgomery, special populations coordinator, provided students with individual virtual experiences with their desired career path through her presentation, “Can I Afford My Lifestyle?”
Holliday gave students tips to enhance job performance skills through fun role play situations through the topic, “How Soft skills and Professional Dress Can Enhance My Future.”
Tasha James, WIOA case manager from S.C. Works, informed the students about opportunities offered through her program that could provide assistance with going to higher education as well as securing employment. She provided each student with applications to apply to be a part of the WIOA program.
A presentation by Steve Coleman, Piedmont Tech’s Genesis program director and a product of the Newberry County School District, was the finale for the Transition Session. Coleman encouraged the students to strive for excellence and helped them to develop their plan for achieving excellence in their chosen paths, “Believing in self above all else” and putting negative people and habits in the past to prepare for their 2017 graduation and life thereafter.