The Transition Plus program is designed for young adults with special needs, typically aged 18 to 22, aiming to enhance their self-confidence and facilitate a successful transition to the next stage of independence. The program encompasses various courses, such as Employment Seminar, Independent Living Skills, and Ingredients, covering essential areas of transition.
Transition Plus offers a range of opportunities, including community-based instruction, post-secondary and career exploration, employment skills development, functional life skills training, food preparation and nutrition instruction, as well as organization and academic skill-building. The work-based learning component provides students with real-world experiences, including informational interviews, job tours, work experiences (paid and unpaid), job shadowing, business mentoring, simulated work tasks, service learning, and classroom education.
The focus of transition services is on identifying and planning the necessary skills for students to prepare for life after receiving their diploma. The three main transition areas addressed are post-secondary education or training, employment, and independent living (including home living, recreation and leisure, and community participation).
The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team plays a crucial role in determining the goals, services and appropriateness of work-based learning for each student. The IEP team also assists students in identifying their strengths, preferences, interests, and needs, aiming to tailor the program to each individual's unique requirements. Overall, Transition Plus aims to equip young adults with the skills and confidence needed for a successful transition to greater independence.
The program operates from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.