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QCC Disability Services Workshop Results in Additional Collaboration with WPS

January, 2018
  • From left:Thomas Dotson, Coordinator, Kim Cummings, Manager of Interpreter Services, Terri Rodriguez, Associate Director, Tami Strouth, Coordinator, Joanne Sharac, Coordinator, Ann Panetta, Coordinator, Anne Shore, Coordinator, and Kristie Proctor, Director of Disability Services.

On January 9th, Disability Services staff presented a two-hour workshop on transition as part of a Worcester Public Schools (WPS) professional development day. Coordinated by Eileen Quinn, Assistant Director of Special Education for Worcester Public Schools and Kristie Proctor, Director of Disability Services for QCC, the workshop allowed for increased communication and a foundation of collaboration between the two stakeholders.

The workshop goals included:  promoting collaboration, appreciating the service-delivery differences between and secondary and post-secondary special education models, and underscoring the student-centric approach that Disability Services adheres to at QCC. Disability Coordinators shared and answered many questions regarding the transition process from high school to college. QCC’s documentation guidelines and how accommodations operate in the college setting were ranked as the most valuable topics by workshop attendees.  

As a result of the presentation, Worcester Public Schools has asked QCC's Disability Services to present to the WPS-Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Spring meeting in order to prepare parents and guardians about service/delivery and the transition to college.This event will take place on Monday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the Harrington Learning Center, Room 109. For questions contact Kristie Proctor at 508.854.4471.