Community Transitions graduates embark on their next step

Friends, family members, teachers and school leaders gathered Tuesday, June 13, to celebrate 20 Community Transitions students in a graduation ceremony at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

Community Transitions is a special education program for students up to 21 years old. The program can be thought of as a bridge that gets students from their high school experience to adult life.

CT teachers Dominique Lantagne, Brett Evans and Liz Madden honored each of their students individually, applauding their achievements, and relating funny or memorable moments. During their time at Community Transitions, students worked to achieve their goals in the areas of education and training, employment and independent living. Some will enroll in college, while others already have jobs or know what line of work they want to enter. Some graduates have moved into apartments with roommates.

The Community Transitions Class of 2017 was full of potential, with budding auto mechanics, office workers, educators, musicians and writers. Everyone in the class achieved success during what one teacher called their “three-year journey” through Community Transitions.

Several students gave speeches. Class president Kurt McCalla offered advice to his fellow graduates: “Don’t worry too much about what happens next, be flexible, be open to new things and work hard.”

Steve Rogers, Community Transitions administrator, closed the ceremony just before the setting sun started streaming into the Cruise Terminal’s Dome Room. He told the graduates to continue their education, get a job, “and go where your heart leads you.”

Comment (1)

  1. Charlene MacKenzie

    6 months ago

    Congratulations to the graduates, Transitions Staff, and to the Parents, friends and family who really made this another celebratory event! What a good job all the way around! I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

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