Southwestern Illinois College hosts G.R.E.A.T. Event for O’Fallon students

O’Fallon – For the past couple years, Gathering Resources for Excelling Adults in Transition (GREAT) has been hosting an event for local high school students, whom of which are graduating high school and moving up in the world. The reason behind GREAT, is for students who need a little extra helping transitioning out of high school and into college, a career or independent living. The Transition Planning Committee (TPC) comes together once a month to talk about what is going on in the community and at local schools. They also reaching out to agencies and organizations that could potentially be a big help to students. They are hoping to find as many resources as they can for students. 

“To me, as a teacher, it is very exciting and important for families to get connected with services that they can use and be connected with, after students have graduated and life after graduation. It helps students, eventually transition into their futures. It lets them be as independent as possible and understand what can be provided to them,” Stephanie Copelin, Special Education Transition Teacher at OTHS, said.

So far, 26 resource organizations have stepped forward and have agreed to come out to the GREAT Event and showcase how they can help students thrive in the community. These resources can help transition to colleges, community day services, careers and much, much more. Three guest speakers will also be talking about different services during each hour of the event. The GREAT Event will be held at Southwestern Illinois College on April 11th from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.; at the Belleville Campus Gym. For more information please visit;