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Information on wages, employment trends, skills needed, and more for any occupation.

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Make Money Choices   Budgeting Activities

Transition Resources Easy Reference Guide

Monthly Transition Activities   

Click for link to Synergy

Go to Teacher Material Tab   ~   Click on Transition File

New CCC Priority Registration Requirements

A Guide to Assessing College Readiness

Skills to Pay the Bills - Dept of Labor   According to the 2007 Every Promise, Every Child: Turning Failure into Action report, a large percentage of young people preparing to enter the workforce over the next two decades are significantly lacking in the "soft" or applied skills — such as teamwork, decision-making, and communication — that will help them become effective employees and managers. In addition, in a Job Outlook 2008 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE), the top characteristics looked for in new hires by 276 employer respondents were all soft skills: communication ability, a strong work ethic, initiative, interpersonal skills, and teamwork. Lastly, the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) found that while credentials (degrees and certificates) are important, it is the development of soft skills (those that are more social than technical) that is critical to developing a strong, vibrant workforce. 

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

As a student with a disability, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities, as well as the responsibilities postsecondary schools have to you. This information is provided in this pamphlet by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the US Department of Education.
Preparación para la educación postsecundaria para los estudiantes con discapacidades: Conozca sus derechos y responsabilidades 

Guiding Questions for Postsecondary Goals

Postsecondary Transition Planning and IEP Goals: Factors to Consider

Study Guides and Strategies is a website with many resources on studying and learning to learn.

I’m Determined 

This is an amazing site developed and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers. The focus of the project is to provide direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior beginning at the elementary level and continuing through the student’s educational career. This site has links to lesson plans, assessments, checklists, videos, etc. There are student examples and templates of Power Points used at IEP meetings.

Student-led IEPs: A Guide for Student Involvement 
This guide is a CEC publication and is designed to help teachers plan for and implement student-led IEPs.

CEC Article: How to Help Student's Led Their IEP Meeting
CEC Article: Student Led IEPS: Take the First Step

Student-Led IEPs PPT for Teachers
Student-Led IEP PPT   (Sample 1)
Student-Led IEP Template (Sample 2)

Social Security Disability Benefits and  Work Incentives for Teachers and Parents (Council for Exceptional Children article)

SSI and Self-Sufficiency Kit  (Social Security Administration) for Teachers and Parents and Counselors

SSA Starter Kit for Adults 
SSA Starter Kit for Children 

Personal Learning Profile PPT_Template

Career Preparation Curriculum    The Teacher's Guide provides clear objectives, age-appropriate objectives, and measurable outcomes. Through a step-by-step process, students compile important personal, educational and career information, and incorporate this information into the Career Portfolio. The topics included in this curriculum are: Introduction to the Career Portfolio, Self-Assessment and Career Exploration, Job Seeking Skills, and Career Management and Personal Development.  

Teaching Networking Skills: Paving the Way to Jobs and Careers This manual from the Institute for Community Inclusion (U Mass Boston) provides a curriculum for students to practice and put into use networking skills such as: identifying their own network, approaching others, talking about their skills and interests, learning about what employers look for, exploring careers and job options, and exhibiting good business etiquette. Activities vary to accommodate diverse learning styles, and the trainer can select the lessons that best fit the needs of the group. 

Contact Us

Terri Wert
Transition Services at Harper
425 E. 18th Street A-20
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Phone 949-515-5343
Fax 949-515-6865

Transition Services Contacts by School Site

Online Programs

E Learning Soft Skills Program

These 14 eLearning modules on Lifelong Soft Skills are to provide a universally accessible soft skills training resource for the Michigan workforce for basic and foundational skills for the workplace, to help ensure the workforce is ready to succeed in the 21st century.

California Career Center  Online Program for Middle and High School Students

Job Search Websites

Power Point Series for Vocational Skills

These Power Points were made to promote conversation on a variety of topics. Power Point can be used with a whole class or one on one. Teacher/Staff guidance is suggested. Each Power Point topic is 10 - 15 slides.  

Why Work
Dressing for the Interview
Hand Shaking
Job Search Process
Job Applications
Interviewing 101
Interviewing 201
Using Facebook and Social Media
Keeping Your Job
Delusions of Grandeur
Dealing with Criticism
Volunteering in the Community
Working Teen Rules Use Work Permit info page to assist with this activity.
World of Work Words to Know 

College Planning Checklist
for 9th -12th grade