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College fair helps special-needs students with transition to college

LAWRENCEVILLE - An annual college fair for students with special needs will take place Monday evening at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville.

The event, "Accessing Resources for College-Bound Special Needs Students," will include information for middle and high schoolers with special needs and their parents. Information will be presented about the Scholastic Assessment Test, graduation requirements and college admissions, as well as special-needs programs at several Georgia colleges.

The college fair will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive. Students and their parents will be able to meet college recruiters to learn about higher education options.

A program including presentations from several schools and a question and answer session, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program includes speakers from Georgia State College and University, Georgia Perimeter College, Gwinnett Technical College, the College Board and a panel of University of Georgia students with special needs.

Officials from the Gwinnett County Public Schools' special education department also will be present that evening to address questions about high school and preparing for college.

The school district, the Gwinnett County Council of PTAs and the Gwinnett County Extension Service are sponsoring the event.

For more information, call the Extension Service at 678-377-4010.