Bibb CTI Hosts Transition Enrichment Program | Community Spirit
Bibb County Career Technical Instruction (CTI) is an essential part of the support for students with disabilities. It starts in the eighth grade when they have a transition meeting to begin their journey to adulthood. Coordinators provide a litany of add-on services that augment a student's overall educational experience. Bibb County CTI coordinators decided to magnify the program in a way to make it more understandable, accessible and less of a mystery by conducting a Transition Enrichment Program, something they hope will become an annual event.
There are tons of transition resources out there; however without a liaison such as the CTI coordinator, these resources go unused and unnoticed. The coordinators from Central High (Christina Rogers), Howard High (Deandra Richard), Hutchings Career Center (John Bernard-Roberts), Northeast High (Alonza Raines), Rutland High (Cynthia Dennis), Southwest High (Willie Batts), and host school Westside High (Philip Starke) saw the need to bring resources to one location and open them up to the community and its stakeholders.
The Bibb County Transition Enrichment Program brought in resources from both near and far to enlighten the local community. More than 50 parents, grandparents and students attended along with representatives from the Brownstone Project (Atlanta), Working Concepts, Vocational Rehabilitation, Georgia Community Support and Solutions (Atlanta), Parent Mentors, Middle Georgia College, and the U.S. Army. Kohl’s Associates in Action were also present to provide volunteer assistance.
Guest speaker Cindy Lumpkin, CEO at Triumph in Life Inc., opened the session with a powerful message that set the tone for the entire day. She spoke of personal issues faced as a young person growing up with a disability and how she overcame it to achieve her current success. Mrs. Lumpkin left the group with her mantra, T.R.I.U.M.P.H., meaning To Rise Is Ultimately My Purpose Hereafter.
“Anyone can hide behind a shortcoming and use it as an excuse to quit, but a person who endures in spite of that same issue can educate us all,” said Mr. Starke, who described Mrs. Lumpkin as a true role model.
Bibb County's CTI coordinators were pleased with the results of this event and are already planning a larger and more impactful event next year.