VR staff and students recognized at transition conference

Back row (left to right): Tammy Galindo, ACSM, Greenville Area Office; Amanda Butler, Transition Counselor, Conway Area Office; Jennifer Richardson, Transition Counselor, Greenville Area Office; Barbara Rhodes, Transition Counselor, Spartanburg Area Office; Amber Lydford, Regional Benefits Specialist. Front row: Michelle Hudson, Transition Counselor, Conway Area Office; Stephanie Gore, Transition Counselor, Berkeley-Dorchester Area Office; Xavier Sams, High School/High Tech Counselor, Florence Area Office.

Back row (left to right): Tammy Galindo, ACSM, Greenville Area Office; Amanda Butler, Transition Counselor, Conway Area Office; Jennifer Richardson, Transition Counselor, Greenville Area Office; Barbara Rhodes, Transition Counselor, Spartanburg Area Office; Amber Lydford, Regional Benefits Specialist. Front row: Michelle Hudson, Transition Counselor, Conway Area Office; Stephanie Gore, Transition Counselor, Berkeley-Dorchester Area Office; Xavier Sams, High School/High Tech Counselor, Florence Area Office.

The Division on Career Development and Transition International Conference was held in Myrtle Beach on October 19-22. The annual conference focused on ways to promote national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to, career and transitional services. A number of VR staff members attended and participated in the conference.

Tyler Spainhour, a junior from North Myrtle Beach High School, operates a heat press machine. Tyler has also learned to operate a Cricut machine.

Tyler Spainhour, a junior from North Myrtle Beach High School, operates a heat press machine. Tyler has also learned to operate a Cricut machine.

Amanda Butler and Michelle Hudson, transition counselors from the Conway Area Office, co-presented with Horry County School representative Jackie Bryant during a breakout session. They also invited their students to work as vendors which gave the students an opportunity to demonstrate the work skills that they have learned through VR services. The students operated an embroidery machine, a heat press, a Cricut cutting machine, and a button press. They interacted with customers, took orders, and produced products for the conference guests. The students were recognized for their work and achievements during the Friday luncheon.

During the conference, Laurens counselor Nitoya Evans was recognized for being a finalist for this year’s Special Educator of the Year award.

(left to right): Chad Ulmer, Laurens Area Supervisor; Nitoya Evans, Transition Counselor;  Carolyn Shortt, District Transition Coordinator for Laurens County.

(left to right): Chad Ulmer, Laurens Area Supervisor; Nitoya Evans, Transition Counselor;  Carolyn Shortt, District Transition Coordinator for Laurens County.