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Brevard Learners Achieving Successful Transition (BLAST)
For students who have earned a special diploma
School sites:

Titusville is 150 Terrier Trail South

Titusville, FL 32780
(321) 264-3100 ext. 4002
Janice Dolan

Dolan.Janice@brevardschools.org        
Veronica Marren
Marren.MVeronica@brevardschools.org


Clearlake Education Center
1225 Clearlake Rd., Cocoa, FL 32922
(321) 633-3660 Ext. 431
Don Frisby

Frisby.Don@brevardschools.org
    Danielle Campbell

Campbell.Danielle@brevardschools.org

Eau Gallie
1400 Commodore Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32935
(321) 242-6400 Ext. 5009
Eric Vici
 
Vici.Eric@brevardschools.org

Renee Smith
Smith.Renee@brevardschools.org

George Baker

Baker.Georg@brevardschools.org

B.L.A.S.T. is a new program in Brevard Public Schools which focuses directly on the transition opportunities and post-secondary goals of students who have earned their special diploma.  Designed to meet the specific needs of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students who are 18-22 years old, B.L.A.S.T. encompasses the four domains of transition; Independent Living, Vocational and Employment, Personal and Social, and Leisure/Recreation.  Program instruction will be student driven/teacher directed and will include learning centers and labs, participation in Brevard Public Schools’ transition programs, Community Based Instruction (CBI), Community Based Vocational Education (CBVE), School-based enterprises, self-determination, and outside agency participation.

Brevard Schools Foundation High School/High Tech
Career exploration, work-based learning, youth leadership
Bayside High School
Career and Technical Education
    2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
    Viera, FL 32940-6601
      Aaron Mitchell, HS/HT Project Coordinator
      (321) 633-1000 ext. 379 or
MitchelA@brevard.k12.fl.us
High School/High Tech serves high school students with all types of disabilities ages 14-22 who are pursuing various diploma options and are interested in technology-related careers.

Bridges, Inc.
http://www.mybridges.org
1694 Cedar St. Rockledge, FL  32955
   
Nikki Matchett
   
Senior Manager of Employment Services
    Cell: 
321-514-1269
    Office: 
321-690-3464 ext. 37
   
Fax: 321-690-3467
Bridges provides job placement services to supported level Juniors and Seniors in area high schools, as well as job placement services at all three BLAST sites in Brevard.  We also partner with Brevard Public Schools, Vocational Rehabilitation, The City of Palm Bay and other Palm Bay area businesses for a post-secondary program called Project SEARCH.  This unpaid internship program offers hands-on work skills training within business settings throughout a full school year.  The goal of Project SEARCH is to identify career goals, provide internships in those career fields and to assist with job placement upon completion of the program.

Palm Bay High School/High Tech
Career exploration, work-based learning, youth leadership
Palm Bay High School
    101 Pirate Lane
    Melbourne, FL 32901
      Matt Conroy, HS/HT Project Coordinator
      (321) 952-5900 ext. 366 or
conroym@brevard.k12.fl.us
High School/High Tech serves high school students with all types of disabilities ages 14-22 who are pursuing various diploma options and are interested in technology-related careers.

Project SEARCH – High School Transition Program
Career Exploration in a Health Care Setting
Holmes Regional Medical Center
    1355 Hickory Street, Suite 104
    Melbourne, Florida 32901
     Maria Trieste
     (321) 434-7578
     Maria.trieste@health-first.org
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, Florida 32931
      Maria Trieste
      (321) 434-7578
      
Maria.trieste@health-first.org
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 Government Setting
Bayside High School
    1901 DeGroodt Rd.

     Palm Bay, Florida  32908
     Nikkie Matchett
     (321) 690-3464 ext. 37
     nmatchett@mybridges.org
This program consists of three work rotations of 11 weeks each in which students learn job skills, enhance their resumes, and expand their employment options. Rotation opportunities include automotive, administrative, fire, maintenance, CAD and scanning, growth management, information technology, construction, parks and recreation, human resources, library, surveying, signs and traffic, facilities, lawn care, equipment repair, flagging, and more. Bridges provide job coaches as well as paid internships and employment development for students who complete the program.

Titusville High School- School Based Enterprise
“Titusville Coffee Pit”
Career exploration, work based learning
    Project Coordinator- Janice Dolan  
   (321) 264-3100     
   Dolan.Jancie@brevardschools.org           
This school based enterprise serves students that are 18-22 and receiving a Special Diploma.  Students learn the basics of business and employment through this hands-on activity.   The Coffee Pit serves coffee to government building staff and visitors for 4 hours per day.  It is located at the County Government building and supported by a county commissioner.

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