The Transition program focuses on adult outcomes for students in the areas of employment, education, training, and independent living as directed by each students’ Transition Plan. Instruction is provided by dedicated and highly qualified special education teachers in collaboration with a Social Worker, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, teaching assistants, and job coaches. Instruction occurs at the Transition Center in Westmont and in the larger community.
To prepare for future employment, students research potential careers based on their interests and abilities. Outcomes are individualized for each student and range from full-time competitive employment to part time volunteering. Students are provided the necessary training and support to be successful in these opportunities. For some students, classroom instruction is provided on appropriate workplace behaviors including building positive co-worker relationships, punctuality, and meeting supervisor standards. While for other students’ instruction focuses on locating materials, completing assigned tasks, and asking for help. The Transition team works with each student to identify employment and volunteer opportunities in his or her home community.
Students participate in a variety of experiences and instruction to prepare them to be as independent as possible upon exiting. Through weekly fitness activities, instruction in health and wellness, and opportunities to improve personal care skills, students work toward achieving personal independence. Students also learn how to complete domestic tasks, budget their money, and prepare healthy meals. Students explore leisure options both at the Transition Center and in the community. They learn how to work within a group to plan events and community trips and learn important safety skills through participation in community outings.
Literacy and math instruction are provided in a functional context to help students meet appropriate goals. Research-based literacy instruction is provided at three levels to accommodate all students and provide appropriate and motivating reading material. Math instruction focuses on measurement (especially for cooking), time use, money skills, and budgeting.
College support is available for students interested in pursuing coursework at local community colleges. Transition teachers and staff can assist in accessing available resources from the college, navigating the campus, personal organization, and study skills. Additionally, students may attend vocational skills courses at the local community colleges.
Another integral part of the Transition Program is the Microbusiness. Started through a grant, it is now a sustainable business that provides valuable and unique work experiences for students in the program. Students are a part of all aspects of the business from product development, shopping for and ordering materials, making and packaging items, and selling items. The Microbusiness can be found selling its goods at local craft shows and items are also available at the Transition Center.