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Secondary Transition Planning

Education and Training

Resources and guidelines to assist youth with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life, including education
and training, employment and independent living: CDE Secondary Transition Planning

Resources are organized into five categories: Employment, Education and Training, Independent Living, Compliance,
and the Guideposts for Success document: 


Education and Training

Independent Living


Guideposts for Success

Employment First Policy

Resources and guidelines for educators, parents, and agencies that will assist transition age youth develop postsecondary goals
that lead to competitive, integrated employment (CIE).


Please click on this link to a separate tab for a list of apprenticeship opportunities in California: Apprenticeships

Trade (or Vocational Training) Schools:

We have several trade schools in north county San Diego.  Trade Schools are a great option for students who want to obtain
quick certification in a skill or trade.  Financial Aid may be available depending on the school. 

This guide provides useful information when considering this option: Guide to Trade School For People with Disabilities

Local Colleges:

Cal State San Marcos: http://www.csusm.edu

Mira Costa College: http://www.miracosta.cc.ca.us

Palomar College: http://www.palomar.edu

Think College: https://thinkcollege.net/ - a website dedicated to informing individuals with intellectual disabilities
regarding college options. This website includes sections on technical assistance, training and resources.

Misc. publications:

Making My Way Through College - This great publication is from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability.
Subject matter includes:

Get the Facts about College

  • Decisions about Disability Disclosure & Connecting to Disability Services
  • Get to Know Your School
  • Figure out Your Finances
  • Learn about Disability Benefits Planning
  • Decide What Support You Need & Get Connected
  • Connect with Other Students, Including Students with Disabilities
  • Take Charge of Your Health & Well-being
  • Understand Yourself
  • Create Your Individualized Plan

Think College (a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education
options for people with intellectual disabilities): This website 
http://www.thinkcollege.net/ provides news, publications,
topics and free webinars, videos and other training opportunities.

SAT and/or ACT Accommodations:

All requests for accommodations and EL supports, including appeals, must be submitted by the published 
late registration deadline for your preferred test date through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system. 

The websites are:

College Board - Accommodations on Exams

ACT - Test Accommodations

Please contact your student’s counselor and/or monitoring teacher if you have questions about the accommodations.

Affordable Colleges and Online Courses:

Affordable Colleges Online 

Whether you’re looking for online colleges with financial aid or affordable colleges and universities with a good return
on investment, this website has done the research so you don’t have to.

You can obtain an online degree from a four-year college for a fraction of the cost of attending the school.

The site has developed a comprehensive lists of affordable college and online college options.

They also provide information regarding financial aid options and advice on filling out the FAFSA form.

Making College Affordable:

Scholarships specifically for students with disabilities: College Scholarships for Students With Disabilities 

Financial Aid and Scholarships:


Cal GrantHow to Apply for the Cal Grant




Job Corps

Job Corps: http://www.jobcorps.gov - a voluntary program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, which provides
eligible young men and women with an opportunity to gain the experience they need to begin a career or advance to higher education.

Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for young people at least 16 years of age
that qualify as low income.  Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career,
earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to
succeed in a career and in life. Job Corps offers hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas, including:
automotive and machine repair, construction, finance and business services, health care, hospitality, information
technology, manufacturing, renewable resources, and many more. All training programs are aligned with industry
certifications and are designed to meet the requirements of today's careers.

A list of careers offered and detailed information about each course can be found at: Job Corps Careers and Training

Job Corps also offers the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or a GED for those youth who don't have either.
For youth who already have a high school diploma, Job Corps can help them prepare for college through partnerships
with local colleges. Courses in independent living, employability skills, and social skills are offered to all Job Corps students
in order to help them make the transition into the workplace.

Our local Job Corps is located at:

1325 Iris Avenue, Building 60

Imperial Beach, CA 91932-3751

Tel: (619) 429-8500

Fax: (619) 429-4909




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