Secondary transition is the process of preparing students for life after they leave high school, including participation in post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living. These three areas are often referred to as “post-secondary outcomes” and are the driving force behind Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) written for students in high school. Transition planning begins in middle school or early high school (no later than age 14), as students explore what they want their post-school outcomes to be through career awareness exploration activities. It continues through high school, as instruction and community experiences support these outcomes. Please review the links below for additional information on secondary transition.
The links below will take you to sites outside of the North Pocono website. The North Pocono School District is not responsible for the content of these sites.
CareerLink is a state agency that provides job placement assistance and a host of other employment related services. The agency works through regional boards. Our school district is served by two regional boards: the Lackawanna Workforce Development Board (Lackawanna County) and the Pocono Counties Workforce Development Area (Wayne County).
Devereux is a special needs community of residential and day training and treatment center. It is a non-profit organization that enhances the life potential of persons 18 years of age and older. Devereux services individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, emotional and behavioral disorders, and geriatric challenges.
Devereux Center Website
Goodwill Industries offers many employment-related services, including job training.
Goodwill Industries Website
Hiram G. Andrews Center
The Hiram G. Andrews Center is a post-secondary school located in Johnstown, PA. Hiram G. Andrews offers dormitories and accommodations for students with disabilities as they engage in meaningful learning opportunities and career training.
Hiram G. Andrews Center Website
Human Resource Center (HRC)
The Human Resource Center, Inc. is a Not for Profit Corporation whose purpose is to afford support services to challenged adolescents and adults in vocational, community, and home settings.
Human Resource Center Website
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
JAN provides free, confidential technical assistance about job accommodations and the American with Disabilities (ADA) Act.
Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
OVR provides services for people with disabilities to help them become or stay employed. Available services include diagnostic services, vocational evaluation, vocational counseling, training, restoration services, placement assistance, assistive technology, and other support services. The office directory helps you find the office in your county.
Planning for the Future Checklist
Developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Planning for the Future Checklist can be used as a tool to get ready for life after high school. The checklist is divided into three sections; Education/Training, Employment, and Community Living. Each section contains several transition activities that your child can do to help achieve their post-secondary transition goals and build on what they started the year before.
Planning for the Future Checklist
Road Map for Secondary Transition
This Pennsylvania Department of Education flyer gives a more detailed overview of the transition process.
Road Map for Secondary Transition Flyer
Secondary Transition Guide
At age 14, secondary transition planning begins for all students with disabilities. The Secondary Transition Guide is a resource that helps students with disabilities and their families get information about what to expect as the student transitions from high school and what sorts of agencies and resources can help. The goal of this resource is to support a young person's progress toward the attainment of post-secondary goals related to education, employment, and community living.
Secondary Transition Guide Website