Wearing graduation robes and caps, seven Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) students were recognized on May 29 at SCOE's David P. Meaney Education Center for their successes.
The students, who have attended SCOE young adult classes, were cheered by fellow students, family, and friends as they received certificates of completion. The students represent schools in Elk Grove Unified School District, Galt Joint Union High School District, and Grant Joint Union High School District, as well as a program at California State University, Sacramento. SCOE's young adult classes provide life skills and work experience for students with disabilities.
"For our students here today, this is a validation of the undeniable fact that everyone has something to offer, that everyone has value, and that everyone can contribute and achieve," said County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon. "Our students are confirmation that goals are attainable."
Superintendent Gordon acknowledged the many contributions of SCOE's special education teams — including teachers, paraeducators, program specialists, therapists, social workers, nurses, support staff, and bus drivers — which make student success possible. He also thanked the parents and guardians for supporting their children's learning.
Joining Superintendent Gordon in congratulating the students were Deputy Superintendent Marty Cavanaugh and Assistant Superintendent Robin M. Pierson.
Students receiving certificates of completion:
- Roman Shilin (Jessie Baker School)
- Zai Aziz (Jessie Baker School)
- Lonnie Miller (CSUS, Young Adult Program)
- Christa Ince (CSUS, Young Adult Program)
- Maria Villa (Galt High School, Young Adult Program)
- Laura Mortenson (Highlands High School)
- Jeremy Orr (Monterey Trail High School)
Following the awarding of certificates by County Board of Education Trustee Elinor L. Hickey, a slide show depicting the graduates was presented by Program Specialist Leora Bautista Hendricks. Program Specialist Lauren Roth served as master of ceremonies. Cake and punch were served by SCOE staff.
As part of the SCOE Special Education Department, the SH (severely handicapped) program provides special education services to students with severe disabilities and students with emotional disturbances, from ages 3-22 years, throughout Sacramento County. SCOE SH programs are located on more than 25 sites/schools located in eight school districts within the county.
The Special Education Department provides special day classes for students with severe challenges (severely handicapped) or with emotional disturbances (emotionally disturbed). Other students served include district students with visual impairments, mobility needs, or speech and language disorders. Special education services are also provided at local schools operated for youth through Sacramento County Probation. SCOE's Infant Development Program provides individualized, home-based instruction and family support for infants and toddlers having special needs.
Information about SCOE's special education services is available by calling (916) 228-2382.