The New Jersey Office of Special Education Programs is sponsoring the regional "Dare to Dream" Student Leadership Conference at Gloucester County College on Friday, May 30.
The conference will take place in both the College Center and Instructional Center from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. There will be 200 high school special education students participating from more than 20 local school districts and agencies.
The student-lead conference will focus on self-advocacy and self-determination skills. Students will have the opportunity to hear from individuals who have overcome obstacles and participate in break-out sessions where they will gain information in order to feel more confident and empowered to transition into life after high school.
There will also be professional development sessions focusing on job applications, interviews and career goals. Students will learn the importance of self-discovery, staying healthy and volunteering. Fun interactive sessions, where students will learn a short dance sequence and play "The Job Feud," a variation of the "Family-Feud" game show, are also planned.
The conference is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education. It is run by a committee of representatives from local agencies including the GCC Special Needs Department, Adult Center for Transition at GCC, Gloucester County Special Services School District, Center for Independent Living and Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Gloucester County College's 250-acre campus is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, right off Exit 56 of Route 55.