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My name is Brian Marcos. I have been working at a supermarket as a bagger for almost four months now. This, of course, is due to the support that the people from Job Connection and Transition Success gave me while I attend college. In Transition Success, I met with one of their staff members and worked out a routine of having follow-up meetings throughout the school year to check on my progress in college. Other than giving me courage to take my academic life by the horns, Transition Success helped me pay for my tuition and books, after financial aid covered the majority. To describe how this program gave me courage, the staff person talked to me as a human. The day I met this person was the day I said hello to my responsibilities as a student and a human. In the Job Connection program, after completing a job personality quiz, I waited patiently for a person to call me saying there is a job opening for me. I then call them up and schedule a interview. Before I get excited, I have the responsibility of calling the Job Connection back to give them the news and tell them when the interview is. The person from the Job Connection gives me a ride to the place and helps me with any questions the employer gives me that I feel I am unable to answer.
Contributed by Brian Marcos, Seattle.
Citation: Gaylord, V., Johnson, D.R., Lehr, C.A., Bremer, C.D. & Hasazi, S. (Eds.). (2004). Impact: Feature Issue on Achieving Secondary Education and Transition Results for Students with Disabilities, 16(3). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. Available from http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/163.
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