Inside a room packed with proud families and jubilant teachers, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) held a touching ceremony on December 18 for three exceptional graduates who received certificates of completion through the program for high school students and young adults with severe disabilities. The students are making the transition to other educational or job-training programs in their local communities.
The ceremony was held at the County Office's David P. Meaney Education Center in honor of the following:
From George Washington Carver (Guy Holman, Teacher)
- Maria Lopez
From Galt High School (Cathy Goodrich, Teacher)
- Kevin Lubich
From the CSUS Young Adult Program (Shawn O'Briant, Teacher)
- Ilya Repinetsky
The students represent SCOE programs in the Sacramento City Unified School District, the Galt Joint Union High School District, and through Sacramento State University. Students have received special education and other services from SCOE since they were young children.
Serving as master of ceremonies was Special Education Principal Carmen Walker. Certificates of completion were presented by County Board of Education President Greg Geeting. A slideshow was presented by Program Specialist Leora Bautista-Hendricks.
The SCOE Special Education Department 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 35 sites/schools 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 by the department 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.
For more information about SCOE special education services, call (916) 228-2380.