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The Northern Burlington County Regional High School Transition Program was piloted in 2005 in an effort to increase our supports and services to students with disabilities. This program is also supported through State and Federal mandates. The Transition Program employs a Person-Centered Planning approach in order to provide students who have significant disabilities with the opportunity to develop independent living skills, self-advocacy skills, and career skills that lead to gainful employment. The goal of the Transition Program is to that prepare students for life after educational services end at age 21. Each student’s individual needs are specifically addressed through a Transition Plan, as part of their Individualized Education Plan. The Transition Plan is completed with the IEP team and serves as a guide to best prepare the student for life after educational services conclude at age 21.

The mission of the Transition Program, in partnership with the families and the community, is to promote independence in the areas of socio/emotional development, interpersonal skills, employment skills, life skills, and self-advocacy skills. Each student who participates in the Transition Program will have the opportunity to attend regular Structured Learning Experiences (SLE) within the local community. During these learning experiences, students travel to local establishments such as grocery stores, restaurants, the laundromat, and the post office. During these structured learning experiences (SLE) students will practice purchasing goods, ordering from a menu, making choices, and operating simple machines such as a washer/dryer or kitchen equipment.

In addition to participating in SLE, students take part in unpaid job sampling opportunities. Northern Burlington offers on campus, student-driven worksites as well offers students the opportunity to attend off campus job experiences. Sampling sites are arranged based on each student’s area of interest, skill level, and employment readiness level. These experiences generally occur two to three times per week and last up to two hours. Students work with a job coach until it is determined by the IEP team and the place of employment that it may be appropriate to allow the student to job sample without coaching.

When students graduate from the Transition Program they will have compiled a Transition Portfolio that will include a current resume, explanation of jobs that have been sampled, student response regarding those experiences, student interest surveys, and information for the student to reference for home and employment. Students will receive their High School Diploma at the completion of the Northern Burlington County Regional High School Transition Program.

Any additional questions in regard to the Transition Program please e-mail

jdaly@nburlington.com

Any additional questions in regard to the Career Orientation Program please e-mail jvolante@nburlington

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