OIEP Prepares for Public School Transition
With the goal of helping students to become more successful in the
West Virginia public school system, OIEP transition specialists met at the
Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg on March 10-12, 2010 for an annual professional
development meeting. The Office of Institutional Education Programs
welcomed 10 new transition specialists, who will join the seasoned veterans
that have been working to transition students from an institutional setting
back into a public school setting.
OIEP Superintendent, Dr. Fran Warsing opened the meeting with
words of welcome and Assistant Directors Dewayne Duncan and Jacob Green
also attended to greet the staff, answer questions and provide critical parts of
A highlight of the agenda was hearing Pier Boccinni, Counselor
at Parkersburg South High School and Pam Bauman, Counselor at Pressley
Ridge White Oak, share some keys to successful transition to public school
and explain the roles of a counselor. Aaron Westfall, Director of Wood
County’s Day Report Center was also present to explain how his program will
assist OIEP students with their reintegration back into school or provide an
alternative learning environment for at risk youth.
OIEP wants to extend a special “Thank You” to Chuck Carr, John Chute and Lorrie Yeager Juvenile Center Staff, for spending time with our new employees and allowing them to tour the facility. With these new positions, the Office of Institutional Education Programs is able to offer students transitioning to public schools an improved level of support. A special thank you to everyone involved in the successful transition training. We appreciate all that you do!
Posted: April 2, 2009