Statewide List of 18-22 Year-Old Programs (Extended Transition Sites)

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Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, students with disabilities may receive public education services until their 22nd birthday. In Florida, students who have not graduated with a standard diploma may receive services from the school district until their 22nd birthday or, at the discretion of the school district, through the end of the semester or school year in which they turn 22.

While some students may continue to work toward a standard diploma, program options for 18 to 22-year-olds generally focus on achieving Individual Educational Plan (IEP) transition goals. Programs may be offered in a variety of locations, including high schools, career and technology centers, career and technical (vocational) schools and postsecondary institutions. Program goals include independent living, competitive employment, dropout prevention and/or postsecondary education or training.

A list of promising practices transition sites for 18 to 22 years old students in Florida follows. Additionally, check out our publication Extended Transition (Florida 18-22 Programs) List, which can be downloaded from the "Documents & Files" box on the right side of this page. The publication contains information on programs and activities for 18 to 22-year-olds in the state. Specific program categories, names and activities, along with the districts offering them, are described in the document.

For information on current 18-22-year-old programs (extended transition sites), click on a section to jump to a list of programs offered in those districts.

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Bay

Chautauqua Learn and Serve
Community Integration Program
1118 Magnolia Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401
Cynthia McCauley | mccauca@bay.k12.fl.us
(850) 785-5056
This program teaches transitional and functional skills for students whose individual IEPs may include goals as varied as using a can opener, operating a microwave oven, earning an Early Childhood Worker certification, or entering the military. Program options include yoga, art therapy, movement therapy, international service learning and courses at local community colleges and universities.

Brevard

Project SEARCH - High School Transition Program
Career Exploration in a Health Care Setting
Holmes Regional Medical Center
1355 Hickory Street, Suite 104, Melbourne, FL 32901
Maria Trieste
(321) 434-7578
This one-year program is designed for students with disabilities who have a goal of employment and are in their last year of high school. Students must be at least 18 years-old, demonstrate a desire to work and be able to follow directions. They must also demonstrate social and communication skills, have independent toileting and feeding skills and meet dress code requirements.

Project SEARCH – High School Transition Program
Career Exploration in a Health Care Setting
Cape Canaveral Hospital
701 West Cocoa Beach, Causeway #520, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Maria Trieste
(321) 434-7578
This one-year program is designed for students with disabilities who have a goal of employment and are in their last year of high school. Students must be at least 18 years-old, demonstrate a desire to work and be able to follow directions. They must also demonstrate social and communication skills, have independent toileting and feeding skills and meet dress code requirements.

Project SEARCH – High School Transition Program
Career exploration and work-based learning in a government setting
City of Palm Bay
1050 Malabar Road SW, Palm Bay, FL 32907
Dr. Tricia Frame, Instructional and Behavioral Services Coordinator
321-633-1000 ext. 590
This program consisting of three work rotations of 11 weeks each in which students learn job skills, expand their resumes and expand their options when seeking employment. Rotation opportunities include automotive, administrative, fire, maintenance, CAD and scanning, growth management, information technology, construction, parks & recreation, human resources, library, surveying, signs and traffic, facilities, lawn care, equipment repair, flagging and more. Bridges provides job coaches as well as paid internships and employment development for students who complete the program.

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Citrus

CREST Adults Transitioning Successfully (CATS)
A Community-Based Vocational Education Program (CBVE)
Citrus Resources for Exceptional Students in Transition (CREST) Campus
2600 S. Panther Pride Drive, Lecanto, FL 34461
Karl Amundson | amundsonk@citrus.k12.fl.us
CATS is a CBVE for students with disabilities ages 18-21 who have received a Special Diploma or for students whose IEPs recommend CBVE and have deferred receipt of their diplomas. Services are provided at the CREST School and in the community with Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teachers, Job Coaches and ESE staff. The CATS staff provide instruction in functional academics and employability skills. Students have the opportunity to enroll in career experience classes where they can participate in off-campus work programs, Volunteering and/or Community Based Instruction Trips. In addition to providing direct instruction, the ESE teachers provide support to employers participating in the work program.

The Transition Academy
Employability Program
Withlacoochee Technical Institute
1201 West Main Street, Inverness, FL 34450
(352) 726-2430
Dave Benthusen | benthusend@citrus.k12.fl.us
Ron Moore | moorer@citrus.k12.fl.us
Cheryl Palmer | palmerc@citrus.k12.fl.us
The Transition Academy is a program for students with disabilities who received a Special Diploma. Located on the campus of the Withlacoochee Technical Institute, it provides instruction in functional academics and employability skills. Students may also enroll in career education or job preparatory classes or participate in an off-campus work program. In addition to providing direct instruction to students, the ESE (Exceptional Student Education) teacher supports other participating faculty and employers.

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Leon

LITE Our Way to Success
Technology-based Enhancements to Community-Based Work Experiences
Lively Technical Center
500 N. Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32305
Cynthia Byrd, Transition Specialist | byrdc2@leonschools.net
Through Leon's Intensive Training for Employment Program and the use of Flip Video cameras, jump drives and RW-CDs, LITE coordinators and students record individual student successes during paid and/or unpaid Community-Based Work Experiences. Recordings are used for instruction and student portfolios that demonstrate student capabilities for competitive employment.

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Martin

Project SEARCH – High School Transition Program
Career Exploration in a Health Care Setting
Martin Memorial Medical Center
200 SE Hospital Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994
Dave Cavette
(772) 219-1200 ext. 30494
This one- year program is designed for students with disabilities who have a goal of employment and are in their last year of high school. Students must be at least 18 years-old, demonstrate a desire to work and be able to follow directions. They must also demonstrate social and communication skills, have independent toileting and feeding skills and meet dress code requirements.

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Okaloosa

Okaloosa Applied Technology Center Transition Program
Career and Employability Development
Okaloosa Applied Technology Center
1976 Lewis Turner Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Al Gardner, Principal | gardnera@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us
Kelly Day, Assistant Principal | dayk@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us
(850) 833-3500
Students with disabilities receiving a special diploma increase their self-determination skills, employment abilities and opportunities for work and community-based instruction; establish high expectations; and develop Transition Portfolios with the goal of achieving competitive employment. Activities include career exploration, self-advocacy, career and technical training, academics, employability skills and industry certification. Program partners include the Career & Technology Education (CTE) and Adult Education departments.

Silver Sands School Transition Program
Comprehensive School-to-Work Program
The Silver Sands School
349 Holmes Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Marline VanDyke, Principal | vandykem@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us
Tara Hicks, Staffing Specialist | hickst@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us
(850) 833-3364
Students with intellectual disabilities receiving a Special Diploma learn to transition into adulthood and future environments through two courses (Career Preparation and Career Experience), community-based instruction, a number of on- and off-campus work experiences, school-based enterprise, volunteering, transportation training and other activities. Coursework includes work interest inventories, career exploration, employability skills, social skills development, self-advocacy and self-determination skills, independent living skills, integrated academics, health, safety and the development of Transition Portfolios. Mentors and job coaches are also provided. Program partners include local businesses, parents, other district schools, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Social Security Administration and other agencies.

Orange

Project SEARCH - High School Transition Program
Career Exploration in a Health Care Setting
Florida Hospital
7727 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, FL 32822
Cannon Cameron, Program Specialist, ESE Transition Services | cannon.cameron@ocps.net
(407) 317-3493
This one-year program is designed for students with disabilities who have a goal of employment and are in their last year of high school. Students must be at least 18 years-old, demonstrate a desire to work and be able to follow directions. They must also demonstrate social and communication skills, have independent toileting and feeding skills and meet dress code requirements.

Project SEARCH - High School Transition Program
Career Exploration in a Health Care Setting
Florida Hospital
200 North Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792
Cannon Cameron, Program Specialist, ESE Transition Services | cannon.cameron@ocps.net
(407) 317-3493
This one-year program is designed for students with disabilities who have a goal of employment and are in their last year of high school. Students must be at least 18 years old, demonstrate a desire to work and be able to follow directions. They must also demonstrate social and communication skills, have independent toileting and feeding skills and meet dress code requirements.

Project SEARCH – High School Transition Program
Career Exploration in a Resort Setting
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819
Cannon Cameron, Program Specialist, ESE Transition Services | cannon.cameron@ocps.net
(407) 317-3493
This one-year program is designed for students with disabilities who have a goal of employment and are in their last year of high school. Students must be at least 18 years-old, demonstrate a desire to work and be able to follow directions. They must also demonstrate social and communication skills, have independent toileting and feeding skills and meet dress code requirements.

Post High School Transition Program
Employability Skills Training
Winnie Palmer Hospital
3909 South Summerlin Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806
Cannon Cameron, Program Specialist, ESE Transition Services | cannon.cameron@ocps.net
(407) 317-3493
Students ages 19-22 who apply and are accepted into this program are transported from a local high school to Winner Palmer Hospital daily. There they learn appropriate work-related behaviors and skills by rotating through a variety of jobs with support from the teacher, paraprofessional or hospital mentor. Students also receive travel training using the public transportation system. Program goals are to support students in becoming independent, contributing members of the community and in gaining and maintaining employment.

Post High School Transition Program
Employability Skills Training
Orlando World Center Resort by Marriott
8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
Cannon Cameron, Program Specialist, ESE Transition Services | cannon.cameron@ocps.net
(407) 317-3493
Students ages 19-22 who apply and are accepted into this program are transported from a local high school to the Orlando World Center Resort by Marriot daily. Students learn hospitality industry skills and related work behaviors including grooming, hygiene, communication skills, following dress codes and workplace schedules, completing tasks and taking initiative. Students also receive travel training using the public transportation system. Participating in this program allows students to diversify their training and increase endurance and stamina while working progressively longer periods of time on site with the teacher, paraprofessional, or Marriott mentor.

Post High School Transition Program
Employability Skills Training
Goodwill Work Activity Center
7531 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809
Cannon Cameron, Program Specialist, ESE Transition Services | cannon.cameron@ocps.net
(407) 317-3493
Students ages 19-22 who apply and are accepted into this program are transported from a local high school to the Goodwill Work Activity Center where they have the opportunity for intense employability training and paid employment through contract work. Training is provided for adult work-related behavior such as following a workplace schedule, completing tasks and taking initiative. Students also receive travel and social skills training. This site also offers a Family Support Group which meets monthly.

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach County High School/High Tech
Career exploration, work-based learning, youth leadership
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries
1715 Tiffany Drive East, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Susan Byoksky, HS/HT Contact
(561) 848-7200
Cindy Maunder, HS/HT Project Coordinator, Director of Gulfstream Goodwill Industries
(561) 259-1000
High School/High Tech serves high school students with all types of disabilities who are pursuing various diploma options and are interested in technology-related careers. Palm Beach County HS/HT specifically serves youth ages 18 to 22.

Polk

High School Transition at Traviss Career Center
High School Transition Program
3225 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803
Karen Toppin
(863) 534-0930
This program provides an opportunity for students 18 to 22 years of age to work toward their desired postsecondary goals. It assists students to transition into adulthood through continued education, work experience and leisure activities. The program is modeled on the Kohler Taxonomy for Transition Programming.

High School Transition at Ridge Technical Center
High School Transition Program
7700 State Road 44, Winter Haven, FL 33881
Karen Toppin
(863) 534-0930
This program provides an opportunity for students 18 to 22 years of age to work toward their desired postsecondary goals. It assists students to transition into adulthood through continued education, work experience and leisure activities. The program is modeled on the Kohler Taxonomy for Transition Programming.

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Santa Rosa

Project SEARCH
Community-Based Work Experience
Santa Rosa County School District
Tina Pennewell | pennewellc@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us
This one-year business-led transition program is designed for students with disabilities whose goal is employment. Students explore careers and learn employability and job skills while immersed in worksite rotations leading to individualized placements in competitive employment and a certificate of program completion. Accommodations, adaptations, on-the-job coaching and other supports are provided.

SITE (Skills for Independence, Transition and Employment)
Employability, functional academics and self-determination
NAS Whiting Field, Milton, FL 32570
Tina Pennewell | pennewellc@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us
SITE is a partnership between the United States Navy and the Santa Rosa County School District providing individualized instruction, employability and daily living skills, functional academics and self-determination instruction to students ages 18 to 21 who select the special diploma option.

TRAIN (Transition Revolving Around Individual Needs)
Entrepreneurial Program
Santa Rosa County School District
Tina Pennewell | pennewellc@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us
TRAIN provides a learning environment at each high school that meets the academic, vocational and behavioral transition needs of students who are alternately assessed. Programs are aligned with Sunshine State Standards Access Points at the participatory, supported and independent levels.

Sarasota

Academy for Community Transition (ACT)
Vocational Training & Community-Based Instruction
The School Board of Sarasota County
7285 Proctor Road, Sarasota, FL 34241
Elizabeth Lewis, Instructor | elizabeth_lewis@sarasota.k12.fl.us
Kelly Tacy, Instructor | kelly_tacy@sarasota.k12.fl.us
ACT integrates transition planning, work experiences, career development, functional academics, communication skills, life and independent living skills, socialization, self-determination and community access in an innovative and individualized program for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Wakulla

Wakulla High School 18-22 Program
Employment Development
3237 Coastal Highway, Crawfordville, FL 32327
Dennis Litchfield, Teacher
(850) 926-7125
This program increases vocational and employment opportunities demonstrate capabilities for competitive employment and expands opportunities for work and community-based instruction for students with Special Diplomas, most of whom are Vocational Rehabilitation participants through a Third Party Cooperative Arrangement. In partnership with local businesses, it provides academics, life skills and self-advocacy training, career exploration, employment development, community integration, employability, a School-Based Enterprise and Community Based Work Experiences.