Transition Education Program

Introduction 

This program is for students pursuing part-time or full-time paid employment only.  The transition from high school to the world of work and independent living will be the focus.  Students have the opportunity to participate in non-paid job training at various locations as well as travel training via public transit.

Mission

Our mission is to promote students’ successful transition toward independent post-school adult living.  Each student has the opportunity to explore career options, utilize public transportation, improve self-advocacy skills, and reach their potential as an independent member of the community.

Program Goals

  • Increase students’ level of independence
  • Provide the opportunity for students to participate in non-paid employment training in the community
  • Prepare students to obtain competitive employment in a part-time or full-time paid position in the community
  • Increase students’ social and communication skills across settings
  • Provide travel training experiences (PCPT) Pasco County Public Transportation
  • Improve students’ self-determination skills
  • Assist students with engaging the support of adult service agencies before exiting the program 

Work Experience

  • Non-Paid Work Experience:  Students will participate in career exploration and training from school district staff and at various work sites within the community during the school week.
  • Paid Work Experience:  Students will receive career exploration and training from school district staff at various locations in the community.

Instruction

  • Students will receive instruction in employment and life skills curriculum areas.
  • Program instructor, transition assistant, and school site staff will work collaboratively to provide job training instruction through rotating job positions.
  • Students will participate in community based instruction (CBI).

Curriculum

The curriculum will include the following areas:

  • Employability Skills
  • Accessing Public Transportation
  • Functional Life Skills
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Career Exploration
  • Self-Determination 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must have earned a Special Diploma, GED or Certificate of Completion (Services available through the age of 22)
  • Desire for paid employment
  • Live on the west side of Hwy. 41 with in Pasco County School District
  • Have completed at least one semester of successful off campus On-The-Job Training
  • Have satisfactory school attendance
  • Have a social security card
  • Display physical, cognitive capability, and willingness to independently travel to and from work/school via public transit
  • Exhibit socially appropriate behavior, conduct, and communication skills even when unsupervised
  • Does not require specialized services such as a Behavior Specialist or Personal/Nursing Care
  • Comply with safety rules and regulations
  • Demonstrate a level of independence throughout the high school environment and work sites
  • Has been observed while on the off campus training site and identified as a MTC FAPE-22 candidate by Mary Jo McEwen.

Referral, Selection and Enrollment Process

  • Teacher refers appropriate student
  • Referral window starts in August and ends December of the current school year.  Referrals received after this period will be processed for the subsequent school year.
  • Student completes application
  • Student applies for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, if not in process already
  • Student applies for Agency for Person’s with Disabilities Services, if not already
  • If necessary, student participates in a Work Evaluation
  • Application is reviewed by the selection committee
  • Student is accepted into the program
  • Annual TIEP Meeting held at base school with Marchman representative in attendance 

General Information

  • Attendance:  Student attendance is expected on a regular basis.  Students who are absent due to illness must call or email their instructor.
  • Calendar:  The program’s calendar is the same as the Pasco County Public School’s calendar.
  • Transportation:  Students receive transportation to and from MTC by Pasco County School bus.  Transportation to and from off campus work sites may include public transit.
  • Hours of Operation:  Student participation in the program is Monday – Friday, 7:50 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.  The program instructor and transition assistants office hours are Monday – Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Breakfast & Lunch:  Available for purchase and students can apply for free and reduced lunch
  • Attire:  Uniform requirements and required supplies will be discussed during TIEP Meeting.

Application Process

  • Complete application form
  • Current Transition Individual Education Plan  (TIEP) including Transition Education Program (TEP) services
  • Attendance and Behavior Records
  • JPP Employer Evaluation from student’s off campus non-paid and or paid work site for the most current semester
  • Verification of Referral/Application to both Vocational Rehabilitation and Agency for Persons with Disabilities
  • Please send all completed applications and above listed required paperwork to Mary Jo McEwen 

 

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