•  Garden of Youth student at Thomas Jefferson High School


    In order to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to Transition services directly related to their post-school outcomes, we will provide programming aligned to DPS graduation requirements to support essential skills attainment and The Continuum of Services for College and Career Readiness.


    All students with educational barriers that graduate from DPS will have the skills, knowledge and experiences to access and engage in career path development, post-secondary education/training and fulfilling independent living.


    • Create strategic communication and recruitment strategy to develop & grow existing Transition programming & services
    • Support with new 2021 Graduation Requirements in a way that is aligned to promoting effective Transition planning practices
    • Coordination & collaboration with other CareerConnect pathways, SWAP/DVR, WIOA, DPS 18 - 21 Community Based Transition Program & ACEConnect to facilitate targeted, matched, strategic career development, pre-internship and technical training opportunities

    What is Transition?

    Through a student's IEP planning & implementation, a coordinated set of services, supports and programming in schools & in the community that is driven by student centered planning, authentic family involvement & student self-determined goals for life after high school in career, education & independent living. The transition process should start no later than age 15 and could span until the end of the last semester a student turns 21.  


    Two Students working in a Kitchen


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    Katie Kraft, Team Supervisor & Internship Coordinator


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    Rachel Almond, Work-Based Learning & School Based ACE Teacher Support

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    Courtney Kallas, Transition Assessment, Student Self-Determination, Instructional Support & Family Involvement

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    Jamie Youngblood, Higher Ed & Technical Skills Partnerships

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    Nicole Franchino, Career Exploration & Workforce Development Partnerships


    Jonah Steed, ACE Regional Coordinator for Special Populations

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