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Hillsborough County High School/High Tech
Career exploration, work-based learning, youth leadership
Career and Technical Education
    5410 North 20th Street
    Tampa, FL 33610
      Keensha Parham, HS/HT Contact
      (813) 231-1857
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.

The Learning Academy at USF Tampa     
     The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute
     College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
     University of South Florida
     13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MHC 2113A
     Tampa, FL 33612
        Susan Richmond
(813) 974-2996  
The Learning Academy is a 30 week job readiness program for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ages 18-25, who have graduated from high school. Real life experiences including internships and peer mentoring complement the class work to provide generalized skills and support personalized goals. Outcomes include a clearly defined employment plan; knowledge of employment strengths, abilities, and preferences; goal setting and achievement strategies; customized techniques for enhancing employment success; career exploration and job seeking skills; and increased independence.

STAGES: Successful Transition After Graduating for Exceptional Students
     University of South Florida – Tampa
     Tchecoy Blount, Transition Facilitator
(813) 974-3632  
STAGES is a partnership between the School District of Hillsborough County and University of South Florida College of Education Department of Special Education. Training and support is provided to young adults with disabilities including opportunities to experience college life, explore career options, utilize public transportation, learn self-advocacy skills, interact with age-appropriate peers, and reach their potential as independent members of the community.  

REACH: Realizing Exceptional Achievement at a Community Hospital
    Liz Price, Transition Facilitator
    (813) 243-7059
REACH is a School District of Hillsborough County Adult & Community Education Program that provides training & support to young adults with disabilities. REACH offers each student an opportunity to explore career options, utilize public transportation & improve self-advocacy & social skills that will ensure their potential as successful, independent & contributing members of the community.



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