Transition: Effective and meaningful transition services are the product of careful planning.
Planning is driven by a young person’s dreams, desires, and abilities. It builds a youth’s participation in:
- Community living
- Preparing them for their futures
- Developing skills they need to go to other education program after high school
It builds skills to live, work, and participate in community activities and subsequently independence.
Youth learn important adult decision making roles when they participate in transition experiences they are offered.
Vocational activities take place in the community at work sites and other locations with the goal of helping young adults acquire the skills necessary to secure and maintain community connections and perhaps employment after they leave school.
Compass supports daily living, academic, budgeting, and domestic skills which are an integral part of working in the adult world. Many of these activities take place at The Center.
Participants learn to ride public transportation, budget earnings, follow directions, work on executive function skills and more.
Social opportunities are available and students are encouraged to engage in these opportunities.
- Collaboration – Collective approach between schools, parents, and student before and during transition.
- Relationships – Provides clear connections with caring adults as well as the opportunity to participate in group programs.
- Identification – Recognizing students who could be considered at-risk before and in the process of the transition program.
- Having a rigorous plan for providing relentless support.
Develop a “failure is not an option” motto.
Services Provided: Each student’s program is specifically tailored to their needs and goals.
- Employment - The Compass Program offers career exploration, internships paid and unpaid, volunteer opportunities, job shadowing and full or part time work. Job coaching varying from full support to check-ins.
- Pre-Vocational – Resumes, cover letters, mock interviewing, interest inventories, proper attire, and expected workplace behavior.
- Personal Support - 1:1 mentor, referrals to clinicians if needed, assist with getting state services if applicable.
- Transportation – Travel training, DMV permit tutoring, pick up and drop off service available.
- Health and Wellness – Nutrition, mindfulness technique training, personal hygiene, laundry, food shopping.
- Recreation and Leisure Activities – Sports and recreational activities, book club, art classes, field trips to sports and art events.
- Post-Secondary Education - The Compass staff will assist in exploring Community Colleges, Vocational Technical Schools, and Universities.
- Eligible students participating in Half Day Transition or Post Graduate/Gap Year programs may take advantage of TransitionCT's partnership with Sacred Heart University and earn college credits. College courses will be held at the SHU campus and TransitionCT staff will assist in acclimatizing to campus resources. (Library, learning center resources, etc.).
Summer Program/ESY/School Breaks:
- Customized program including Transition and Extended School Year (ESY) services thorough community vocational experiences and individualized programming interwoven to meet IEP skills goals.
- All transition, academic, and social activities are interconnected and delivered through collaboration of experienced facilitators so that real-life, hands-on experiences are meaningful across all settings.
Half Day Transition Programs:
Transition activities will take place in the community at work sites and other locations with the goal of helping students acquire the skills necessary to secure and maintain community connections and employment or post-secondary success after they leave high school. The program components include: career exploration, prevocational skills, interview preparedness/resume and community work experiences with 1:1 Vocational Coach. Life planning and post graduate academic or trade program alternatives will be introduced. Curriculum support and school district goals will be intertwined with all transition programming. Class credit may be received for work experiences.
Career Exploration and Life Skills -Late Afternoons:
Vocational, daily living skills and social activities will take place after school in the community at work sites, at the TransitionCT “The Center” campus and other locations. The program components include: Career Exploration, Prevocational Skills, Interview Preparedness/Resume, Community Work Experiences with a 1:1 Vocational Coach, life skills and social skills.
Post Graduate/Gap Year Internship Programs
The Internship Program is available for students who have completed their senior year of high school and want to explore and evaluate various career fields or academic programs to assist in decision making towards next steps in planning their futures. The 3 day a week program is vocationally based and components include: Career exploration, Prevocational Skills, Interview Preparedness/Resume, Community Work Experiences with a 1:1 Vocational Coach working towards independent employment, as well as Post Graduate Academic or Trade program exploration. The 5 day a week program incorporates the vocational aspects of the 3 day program and additionally offers a focused individualized life skills and/or college readiness component.
Extended School Year (ESY):
School district goals will be incorporated in planning each student’s individualized program. Vocational, daily living skills and social activities will take place in the community at work sites, at the TransitionCT campus and other locations. The summer program components include: Career exploration, Prevocational Skills, Interview Preparedness/Resume, Community Work Experiences with a 1:1 Vocational Coach, life skills and social skills, Time Management, Money Management, Self-Advocacy skills, Social and recreation skills, Problem solving and Transportation.