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Center to Help Students Transition to College

UNC Charlotte's College of Education received $12.5 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education to create a new technical assistance center to help students with disabilities transition to college or careers. The center will be a partnership among UNC Charlotte and the University of Oregon, Western Michigan University, University of Kansas and Maryland-based TransCen Inc., which provides direct services to students with disabilities.

David Test, professor of special education and child development and the principal investigator for the project, explains that "We will be working with all 50 states and 10 U.S. territories to develop teacher training and professional development for workers in relevant agencies on proven strategies to achieve better outcomes for high school students who are transitioning into adulthood."

The National Technical Assistance Center on Improving Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities will begin formally in January 2015.

Girls on the Run Founder to Present on Nov. 11

A leader in girls’ education, Molly Barker will present "Putting Your Passion to Work" at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Student Union Movie Theater.

Barker founded Girls on the Run in 1996 in Charlotte. A four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, she used her background in social work, counseling and teaching, along with research on adolescent issues, to develop the program. Currently, there are Girls on the Run councils in more than 210 cities across North America. They reach 200,000-plus girls and women each year.

The Nov. 11 event, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. The presentation will include a question-and-answer session with attendees.