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Transition Services

Welcome to Columbia County Schools Transition Programs.

You can find information on many Transition Programs for students with unique learning needs that directly align with Columbia County Schools Classroom To Careers initiative.

Columbia County Schools Project Search/Lake City Medical Center

Project SEARCH was developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a research environment that fosters visionary thinking and innovation. It all began in 1996, when Erin Riehle was Director of Cincinnati Children’s Emergency Department. Erin felt that, because the hospital served individuals with developmental disabilities, it made sense that they should commit to hiring people in this group. She wondered if it would be possible to train people with developmental disabilities to fill some of the high- turnover, entry-level positions in her department, which involved complex and systematic tasks such as stocking supply cabinets. As a starting point, Erin presented her ideas to Susie Rutkowski, then the special education director at Great Oaks Career Campuses. Erin and Susie formed a partnership that was instantaneous, and together they launched Project SEARCH.

Since its inception, Project SEARCH has grown from a single program site at Cincinnati Children’s to a large and continuously expanding international network of sites. Project SEARCH’s primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities.

Columbia County’s Project SEARCH site is located at Lake City Medical Center.  Lake City Medical Center’s Chief Financial Officer is Mrs. Jill Adams. We are so honored to be part of the  Lake City Medical Center Family.

Columbia County Transition Programs at 

Columbia High & Fort White High Schools

Transitioning Youth with Disabilities into Real Vocational Opportunities through Action Planning and Individualized Learning. The Columbia County Transition Program (CCTP) is an outcome oriented program whose focus is to assist Columbia County’s 18-22 year old persons with disabilities in finding meaningful, age appropriate vocational placements in our community while keeping in mind their unique learning styles and individual needs. The CCTP staff works with our young adults by assisting them with identifying their dreams and goals through a variety of functional academics and transition assessments including interest inventories, vocational assessments, self-determination scales and an individualized Action Plan. The CCTP mission is to combine these functional academics with community based instruction in order to expose our participants to a variety of career choices while enhancing the skills necessary to become successful, independent and employed. The CCTP  vision is to prepare ALL of our young people for a seamless transition into the world of work and adult living.

The CCTP are designed and implemented to support young people with disabilities who have a desire to defer their high school diploma, who’s IEP Teams have determined a continued need for transition training and who requires the constant supports and managed care only available through specially designed “cluster” programs located at the student’s service high school. IEP Teams make the determination on what each individual student’s CCTP will look like based on his/her transition needs.

Based on each student’s individual transition needs, deferring students may take CCTP that include:
Career Experience (Community Based Vocational Education)
Transition Planning
Self Determination
Preparation for Adult living

The goal of each series of on-campus CCTP are to assist young people with disabilities in becoming as independent as possible and, when appropriate, transitioning through other Columbia County Schools Transition programs.

For more information about deferring the high school diploma or the CCTP option, please contact:
CHS - Kristi Feagle (386) 755-8080
FWHS - Lauri Thomas (386) 319-7272
Columbia County Schools Transition Specialist - Janell Warfel  (386) 755-8050

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