Transition Plus is a joint program, among the Hopkins, St. Louis Park and Minnetonka school districts, that works with young adults with disabilities, ages 18 to 21.
We specialize in the areas of transition that prepare students for independent life.
- Jobs and Job Training
- Recreation and Leisure
- Community Participation
- Independent Living
- Post-Secondary / Post-School Planning
With work-based learning, students have the opportunity to increase their level of workplace skills in the community. We coordinate a variety of community settings such as competitive employment, volunteer sites, job shadows and internships. Job trainers support students as needed. Students will participate in a Work Seminar class focusing on positive workplace behaviors. Guest speakers offer a variety of topics related to the workplace.
Activities for Community Based students are planned by the student driven Rec/Leisure Committee. The activities are selected to represent independent adult situations. Typically there are two activities each week giving students an option based on their personal preferences. Students sign up for the activity they wish to explore. The activities are planned in advanced to enable more participation. Staff support provides different options if the group should want to split up and explore other opportunities within the chosen destination in the community. Expense of the activity depends on the choice but is kept to a minimum. Free outings are explored frequently as well.
Activities for Center Based students may include bowling, fitness, holiday parties or large group outings to the Science Museum or Mall of America, to name a few. Generally planned by staff, student input is encouraged as the school year progresses. Staff support is available for students when out in the community to ensure a successful outing.
Students are encouraged to participate in their community through volunteer experiences and engaging in activities that are important to their personal growth. Students may volunteer at the Empty Bowls fundraiser, rake leaves for elderly individuals, or invite guest speakers to present at Transition Plus. Students engage in practicing public transportation, making appointments in the community, making reservations or looking for community groups that they can join.
Transition Plus students may attend Hennepin Technical College Pathways Program, Minneapolis Community and Technical College or Normandale Community College. Students and their case manager discuss options available based on the criteria of each college. Students need to find their own transportation as they transition into the college community. Homework support classes may be available for students, as well as independent study times. Transition Plus has a contractual agreement with Hennepin Technical College, for students interested in pathways career exploration. Students interested in other levels of study need to know that HTC does not support PSEO options but students may take classes on their own with their own finances. The student's IEP team should discuss all available and appropriate options with the Transition Plus College Liaison before registering for classes. Needs, goals and objectives in the area of post-secondary must be part of the student's IEP and relate directly to an independent employment goal.
According to the Minnesota Department of Education, Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is defined as follows:
Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) allows high school juniors and seniors to take courses, full or part-time, at a post-secondary institution for high school credit.
This option is NOT open to every student at Transition Plus and may not be the right option for all students who are eligible for PSEO. The student's IEP team must coordinate with the Transition Plus College Liaison to determine eligibility based on each educational institution's requirements and the appropriate course path for the student's individual needs. It is also important to note that students should enroll in the Post-Secondary Prep class at Transition Plus before they attend a post-secondary program. Building a relationship with the college liaison at Transition Plus is key to the success of students on campus!
Using the IEP team process, Transition Plus services help students achieve their goals by providing specialized instruction, training, and support. Students have access to skill-development activities designed to meet their individual needs in the five transition areas listed above.
HOW DOES MY YOUNG-ADULT CHILD QUALIFY FOR TRANSITION PLUS?
To receive Transition Plus services, students must:
- have an active IEP (Individual Education Plan for special education services)
- have goals and needs indicated in the five areas of transition
- have completed their senior year of high school
- be between the ages of 18 and 21
HOW ARE TRANSITION PLUS SERVICES PROVIDED?
Transition Plus is a community-based program. Partnerships include:
- Community agencies
- Community and Technical Colleges
- Vocational Rehabilitative Services
- Hennepin County Human Services
- Local business partners
WHAT SERVICES DOES TRANSITION PLUS PROVIDE?
Here are some examples of the opportunities and services we offer:
- Career exploration through work experience seminar and support of a Work Coordinator
- Community participation through exploration and planning, both individually and within teams
- Community work experience and volunteer opportunities. (Limited job coach support is also available.)
- Post-secondary exploration, including Hennepin Technical College Pathways courses
- Recreation and leisure, including community outings
- Public transportation training, including study support for driver's permit
- Skill-development activities focused on the five areas of transition and based on the individual needs of the students enrolled
WILL MY CHILD RECEIVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IF HE OR SHE PARTICIPATES IN TRANSITION PLUS?
Diplomas are held for students who choose to attend Transition Plus. They may participate in the graduation ceremonies with their class, but they will return to school in the fall to continue their education based on the transition needs that are indicated in their IEP. Students may earn their diploma through the completion of their IEP goals, rather than the completion of credits. Once the IEP team determines that the IEP goals have been met, the student may take his or her diploma.
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