Transition Programs

What are transition programs?

Transition programs help you to make a successful adjustment from the school setting to higher education or to work. The following are all important parts of a successful transition:

  • Information about getting and keeping the job you want.
  • Opportunities to experience work through mentoring programs, internships, apprenticeships, or volunteer opportunities.
  • What you and your teacher(s) should be focusing on during the school year, beginning when you are age 14.

What should be in a transition program?

If you are currently in high school and have an Individualized Educational Program (IEP), it should include a statement about the transition services you will need. If you become eligible for vocational services with the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), you will complete an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).

The Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) indicates:

  • your employment goal.
  • services needed to reach your goal.
  • who will provide and pay for those services.
  • how the services will be evaluated.
  • when you and your team expect to reach your employment goal.

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