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Transition Services

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Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Pre-Employment Transition Services must be offered to students with disabilities without requiring them to apply for, or be determined eligible for, these services.

WIOA established VR as the primary agency for preparing youth with disabilities for employment while the youth are still in high school or attending post secondary school (trade, college, or university). VR will deliver specific Pre-Employment Transition Services including:

  • Career Exploration Counseling
  • Work Readiness Training
  • Community-Based Work Experiences
  • Self-Advocacy

The students are not traditional VR customers, but have been referred to VR by school districts for limited (pre-employment) services.


Career Exploration Counseling

Includes skills, abilities, aptitudes, interest assessments and post-secondary options.

Work Readiness Training

Allows students to write a resume, interview properly, search and apply for jobs online, find and complete job applications, manage employer contacts, handle conflict, navigate public transportation and review employee benefits, if needed.

Community-Based Work Experiences

Allows students to apply and practice soft social skills, gain an idea of work, develop work skills, building relationship leading to job references and identify work accommodations.

Self-Advocacy Training

Students will leave the Self-Advocacy Training with meaningful and relevant tools that can be used as they transition. A Self-Awareness Portfolio will provide students an opportunity to highlight their strengths and skills while identifying reasonable accommodations necessary for success. A Professional Portfolio, which builds on the Self-Awareness Portfolio, allows students to document their skills and abilities through evidence and letters of recommendations.

How Do I Sign Up For STAR?

Complete Application and Send to Transition Specialist by April 1st.


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