Congratulations to the Jefferson County Transition Services Class of 2022!
The achievements of these 41 JTS students were recognized at a commencement ceremony at Gold Crown Field House on May 13.
“It was incredible to see so many young adults together celebrating their success and looking forward to the future. It was a such an honor to be able to attend and be included in such a momentous event,” said Ashly Ulrich, The Arc-JCCGC’s Director of Adult Advocacy.
JTS provides learning experiences designed to assist youth in transitioning from high school student to adult. Through collaboration with families and community agencies, learning opportunities are individually developed to support youth in progressing toward desired post-secondary goals.
The event was a “commencement” rather than “graduation,” explained Jeb Brako, assistant director of Special Education at Jeffco Public Schools.
“First, all our students have already met Jeffco’s board requirements of a regular high school diploma. Secondly - and more importantly - the word commencement means beginning. We are celebrating not the end of a journey, but the beginning of a new one,” Jeb shared.
“Each graduate has the power of their community, including connections and bonds of family, friendship, work skills, and life competencies that are not ending, but just beginning,” Jeb said. “They are doing some incredible things after they exit public school. A number of students are now employed by their previous internships while at JTS.”
These employers include Jeffco Nutrition Services, Jeffco Transportation Services, United States Geological Survey, Coors Field, The Omni Hotel, UC Health, Children’s Hospital, The Pie Shop, The Fort Restaurant, Noodles and Company, Gleam Car Wash, and King Soopers to name a few. There also are some students enrolled in Red Rocks Community College programs.
“We love to see our students move on to the next step,” Jeb said, “but we would be lying if we didn’t admit we feel a little sad that we will not see our students who’ve exited any longer.”