Albany Country School District #1 is hosting the town’s first ever transition fair at the Laramie Plains Civic Center on Thursday April 2 from 4-6 p.m.

The fair is also being worked by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Zenith Business Services.

“The primary goal is to help students connect with supports or services or whatever else they wish to be involved in the community outside of the high school,” Project Search member and Special Education teacher Megan Friderich said.

“There is going to be representatives there from the University of Wyoming, from Ark Regional Services, Safe Project. Right now we have thirteen vendors that are going to be there. Just really trying to bring a variety of resources together that maybe wouldn’t be at a college fair,” Friderich said.

This is the first of transition fair that the team has put on.

Friderich used a manual from a transition fair that was successful in the past to model ACSD #1’s fair.

“Eventually we would like for it to grow to where employers can come too and there might be opportunities for students to learn about different job opportunities in the community, work experience opportunities, or even customized employment,” Transition Specialist Laura Piccioli said.

The fair primarily targets students with disabilities but encourages all students to come.

“Our idea is for students with disabilities to have resources, but all students who may need help with housing, people who need to manage their money on their own, and help start building independence,” Friderich said.

The team worked to make the fair easily accessible for students of all circumstances.

The fair will be held in the Phoenix Ballroom at the Laramie Plains Civic Center.

We tried to find a neutral location. Of course, we picked a handicap accessible location as well, with elevators and ramps. The civic center is one of the bus stops for public transportation,Piccioli said.

The fair is also scheduled when parent teacher conferences occur for some students.

At this time parents and students can also think about going to the transition fair.

Another goal for the fair is to make it casual and fun for students who want to come.

“We want people to feel free to come and go, talk to who you want and leave, or go through the fair. We are also going to have door prizes for families to participate in to help motivate and make it more fun,” Friderich said.

The team hopes to see a good impact on the students who attend the fair.

“I think the primary goal of any transitions type activity is to empower students to know that there are resources for them. We don’t want people leaving high school feeling frustrated or neglected. We want students to feel supported, know there is a community behind them, make choices on their own, and learn to self-advocate,” Piccioli said.