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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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).
The curriculum will include the following areas:
- Employability Skills
- Accessing Public Transportation
- Functional Life Skills
- Interpersonal Communication Skills
- Career Exploration
- 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
- 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.
- 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