Program Purpose

This program is designed to serve students with disabilities aged 18-22 years who require instruction through a modified curriculum focused on life and career skills. Placement is through a referral process and is an IEP placement. Please contact your student’s case manager or your High Schools ETR to learn more.

Program Goals:

The Career Centers strive to meet the independent living and career educational needs of all students regardless of their personal challenges by:

  • Providing career and independent living skills training to students with disabilities.
  • Empowering a diverse population of students for transition to a variety of post-secondary options.
  • Providing students with the requisite skills for self-determination, independent living, and education for employment.
  • Coordinating the transition of all students with post-secondary service providers.

Program Features:

Successful transition is facilitated through a continuum of instructional strategies, interdisciplinary team services, technology utilization, and community resources. 

Instruction is provided to develop the following essential skills:

  • Occupational Guidance and Preparation including:

    • development and application of fundamental employability skills

    • Knowing and exploring occupational possibilities

    • Selecting and planning occupational choices

    • Planning for transition into work force

  • Independent Living Skills including:

    • Skills necessary for living independently

    • Independent community travel

    • Essential reading/math literacy skills

  • Personal Social Skills including:

    • Self-awareness and self-confidence

    • Social responsibility

    • Interpersonal communication and relationships

    • Decision-making

  • Self-Advocacy Skills including:

    • Requesting accommodations

    • Seeking assistance

    • Participation in transition planning

Instruction is provided in a wide range of environments, including:

  • Small group classrooms

  • School-based job sites, both enclave(group) and independent

  • Community-based job sites, both enclave and independent

  • Community resource sites, such as public transportation, banks, shops, etc.

  • Supervised settings, with support provided by school staff and/or natural supports

  • Unsupervised settings, such as independent job sites and use of public transportation