Fifty students from the Salem-Keizer School District’s Community Transition Program were recognized Monday at a graduation ceremony.
The annual event isn’t a typical graduation – it honors students with disabilities who are exiting the life skills program designed for those who have already completed high school.
Students enroll in the community transition program after completing a modified diploma, extended diploma or certificate of attainment for high school. In the program, they work on job readiness and skills to support independent living, up to age 21.
When the ceremony was over, every graduate had parents, friends and relatives flocking around them in a virtual cloud of support and pride.
Laura Tesler has lived in Salem, Oregon for 20 years and is originally from Flint, MI. Laura has been an underwater photographer for 15 years, and is an avid scuba diver. Topside, she has been taking photographs since age 12, and currently works on assignment for the Salem Reporter, and full time purchasing land for fish and wildlife habitat in the Willamette Valley. Laura attended Oregon State University, and has traveled extensively all over the world and the United States.