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Gloucester County's Adult Center for Transition Graduates to College

(Sewell) - The Gloucester County Adult Center for Transition (GC ACT), a program that provides young adults with disabilities the optimum opportunity to achieve a successful transition to adult life, has a new home at Gloucester County College.

The Freeholders, staff, student participants at the Adult Center for Transition and their family members cut a ribbon today to celebrate the move from GCIT to GCC. GC ACT, created by the Gloucester County Board of Freeholders, opened in 2009 to fill a need that was not being addressed for young adults with disabilities.

The ACT program is geared to provide young adults with disabilities ages 16 to 24 a successful transition to life after high school through a wide array of educational, social, and career enhancement programs.

Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney said that when the opportunity arose to move the program to the college it made sense so that the students can access all the advantages of the college life.

"The ACT program is designed to assist its young adults beyond high school. Now students have access to the college facilities and resources including the Career Center, fitness center, cafeteria, library, college center, as well as the many social and cultural activities on the campus. They will be an active part of the college community," Freeholder Director Sweeney said.

Sweeney said, "All of our residents deserve the opportunity to be successful and independent and this program helps a population that used to fall in between the cracks get the special guidance they require to thrive in the world. We have many partners in this program and everyone is dedicated to the success of our young adults."

Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi Jr. "The individualized transition assistance young adults receive at ACT directs them toward pathways that will enhance employability and life skills. ACT focuses on certified academic and career courses, lifelong learning programs, occupational training, job interview preparation and social skills training."

Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi Jr, liaison to the Department of Educational and Disabilities Services said that GC ACT 'closes the loop' on educational and vocations services offered to disabled residents.

Under this move to GCC, a second location, the College Services building on Blackwood-Barnsboro Road (formerly the County's Parks & Recreation/Buildings & Grounds) has also been renovated for the ACT program. There participants will receive intensive occupational training, vocational evaluations, and access to the dress for success program and resume workshops at the building the County provided to GCC as part of its building consolidation initiative.

ACT is a collaborative effort and is funded in part by County of Gloucester, Walmart Foundation, The Arc Gloucester, and The Arc U.S.