CCIU grad­u­ates more than 900 stu­dents

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More than 900 stu­dents from across Ch­ester County grad­u­ated from schools with CCIU pro­grams.

DOWNINGTOWN » More than 900 stu­dents from across Ch­ester County grad­u­ated from the Child and Ca­reer Devel­op­ment Cen­ter (CCDC), Com­mu­ni­ties Help­ing Adolescents with Autism Make Progress Pro­gram (CHAAMP), the CCIU Learn­ing Cen­ter and the three Tech­ni­cal Col­lege High School cam­puses.

Each of these pro­grams is op­er­ated by the Ch­ester County In­ter­me­di­ate Unit (CCIU) on be­half of its 12-mem­ber school dis­tricts. Ear­lier this month, the stu­dents of the CCDC, Learn­ing Cen­ter and CHAAMP pro­gram grad­u­ated to­gether at the Child and Ca­reer Devel­op­ment Cen­ter in Coatesville. The diplo­mas were re­ceived by 13 CCDC stu­dents, 28 Learn­ing Cen­ter stu­dents and three CHAAMP stu­dents.

The CCDC pro­vides pro­grams for autism sup­port, emo­tional sup­port, learn­ing sup­port, life skills sup­port, and mul­ti­ple dis­abil­i­ties sup­port to K-12 stu­dents. At CCDC, most of the pro­grams have a com­mon goal of in­creas­ing skills and dex­ter­ity nec­es­sary for post­grad­u­ate liv­ing.

Walk­ing across the stage that day, it was quite ev­i­dent that the stu­dents were proud of their ac­com­plish­ments. Prin­ci­pal Su­san Mateka shared her pride for those ac­com­plish­ments as well.

“The stu­dents have fought very hard for ev­ery bit of progress they have made,” Mateka said. “Not a sin­gle achieve­ment has come eas­ily and with­out per­se­ver­ance.”

The CCIU Learn­ing Cen­ter pro­vides aca­demic and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams to mid­dle and high school stu­dents with spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion needs. Sim­i­larly, Com­mu­ni­ties Help­ing Adolescents with Autism Make Progress (CHAAMP) pro­vides a com­mu­nity-based in­struc­tional pro­gram to

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Grad­u­at­ing se­niors lis­ten to Lau­ren McNair (Early Child­hood Care & Ed­u­ca­tion) de­liver her se­nior re­flec­tion at the TCHS Pen­nock’s Bridge Cam­pus grad­u­a­tion.

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