Pepin Transitional is excited to announce the expansion of the Transitional program, developing stronger
ties to Downtown Tampa, with provision of an academic training facility at the Public Defender’s
Law Offices championed by Julianne Holt, Public Defender of Hillsborough County, 13th Judicial Circuit.
Students will increase their self-determination skills by learning to navigate the Downtown Tampa area as they walk from
job sites to classrooms, like a college campus.
In addition, new business partnerships have developed between Pepin Transitional, the Hillsborough County Offices, and the
Tampa Police Department (made possible by Police Chief, Jane Castor). These new training sites
will incorporate intensive real-world training in an adult-oriented environment with a curriculum
focused on functional academics, community skills, job skills and social skills.
“A partnership with the Tampa Police Department will provide our students with a first-hand look at the workings of
law enforcement and provide positive role models through law enforcement personnel,” says
Pepin Transitional Director, Celeste Kellar.
The Public Defender’s Office began its partnership with Pepin Academies in 2007. Florida Tax Watch honored the unique
partnership for the benefits it brings to state government and the students participating in
the program. The Public Defender’s Office continues to work with students, deepening their
self-reliance and self-determination, while providing job skills and work experience that many
students need. The success of the partnership sparked the inspiration to expand the Public Defender’s
involvement with the school. Beginning in 2012, the Public Defender’s Office will also
share space with the Pepin Academies, creating a downtown hub that will hopefully allow more
downtown Tampa companies to benefit from working with the students.
“At Pepin Academies, our students are allowed to be themselves and discover their many talents and unique traits, without
fear of being looked at as different. The transitional program gives our students the opportunity
to be productive members of society; saving tax-payers money while building gainful employment,
confidence and independence,” says Crisha Scolaro, a Founder and Community Liaison Director
for Pepin Academies.
Because of the recent expansion, Pepin Transitional has immediate openings that will be filled on a first come, first serve
basis. Call 813.236.1755. Openings available for: adult students, 18 to 22 years-old, who have
graduated from high school with a special diploma or certificate of completion, and have an identified