Secondary Transition is a Process         
    Secondary Transition is the process from moving from high school to adult life and community living. It is a "bridge" between the structure provided during school and the opportunities and risks of adult life.
    It Takes a Team               
    During the process students work together with their teachers, other educational staff, community members and most importantly YOU, their family, to develop a plan or "build the bridge" to future success.  It takes a team effort to effectively plan and support the transition process, therefore your involvement is crucial to your child's future success. 
    How Dreams are Made
    The Secondary Transition process is based upon future outcomes and begins by age 14 (or sooner). It begins with the student identifying individual dreams and strengths for the future, then developing a plan of action to achieve set goals.
    • Identify student preferences, interests, and needs - DREAMS! Through the completion of various assessments; consisting of surveys, interviews, situational assessments, vocational assessments, observations, etc. 
    • Develop post-secondary goals in the transition section of the IEP based on assessment results in the following three areas:
                               * Post-Secondary education & training
                              * Employment
                               * Independent living 
    What can I do?      
    • Be involved in your child's IEP.  Ask questions to ensure you understand its contents.
    • Ensure that transition goals are addressed in your child's IEP in the areas of post-secondary education, employment and independent living beginning no later than age 14.
    • Ensure your child participates in the IEP meeting.
    • Communicate with your child about their future plans/goals. 
    • Locate and communicate with local agencies that may assist your child now and/or in the future.
    • If appropriate, your child should participate in a vocational program to assist in preparation for future employment. Such programs could be:
                         - Career and Technology Center 
                                   * Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center
                                   * Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center
                                   * Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center
                         - Work Discovery - a vocational exploration and training program offered by the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit
    I Want More!      
    Hungry for more? Click on the links below to find additional information on Secondary Transition:
    Looking for Transition Events? Check out our Calendar of Events

    Still have questions? Please call or email me with any questions
    Ms. Mindy McMahen
    Ed Consultant                   
                   Westmoreland Intermediate Unit 
                   724-836-2460 ext. 2332