2019 Preparation for Adult Life Graduation

Two Berks County students received certificates of completion from the BCIU’s Preparation for Adult Life (PAL) program and diplomas from their home school districts in a graduation ceremony held on Wednesday, May 30th, with classmates, friends, and family.

Trevor Kristoff, Boyertown Area School DistrictTrevor Kristoff, a Boyertown Area School District senior, has been a PAL student since 2017, joining PAL from the Transition House program. He liked washing tables at the Oley Middle School. Trevor also enjoyed entering book numbers into the computer atthe Oley Community Library. In his free time, Trevor enjoys riding bike, playing piano, going swimming, and attending Temple Univeristy football games with his family.
Kirsten Werst, Fleetwood Area School DistrictKirsten Werst, a Fleetwood Area School District senior, joined PAL in 2016. Her favorite work site tasks were putting away dishes at the BCIU cafeteria, washing tables at Oley Valley Middle School, and sorting Wawa food donations at the Salvation Army. When she is not in school, Kirsten enjoys working on jigsaw puzzles, coloring pictures, chatting with friends, and playing outside.

Both students also enjoyed the time spent with their classmates during the Friday community trips. Highlights of those trips included visiting the Pennsylvania Farm Show and Lehigh Valley Show, bowling, and playing miniature golf.

We wish Trevor and Kirsten success and happiness as they move on to the next chapter in their lives.

About the PAL Program

Classmates and teachers gathered with Trevor and Kirsten on graduation day.

Located at the Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC), East Campus, the Preparation for Adult Life (PAL) program offers secondary students with special needs a school-based vocational training education. PAL provides job training, community experiences, and the means to achieve independent living for young adults with mental and physical disabilities.

Students in PAL have the opportunity to work within the BCTC itself or within work projects provided by volunteer organizations and other local businesses. 

Students receive work experience in various local settings. In addition, the program teaches students: money, time management, and consumer skills; safety and self-reliance; transportation skills; community survival; and adult life skills.