• Transition Tips for High School Students

    • Take a class at an Occupational or Skills Center for credit. You will learn a valuable vocational skill and get to try something new. You can also take classes for free at Community colleges with your counselor's permission. Taking these classes now will save you money and help you get ahead.
    • Visit colleges and/or programs that you might be interested in attending after high school. It's great to visit these programs early (9th or 10th grade) so you have plenty of time to meet the requirements they may have.
    • Get involved in clubs or activities at school. They can help you make friends with common interests, connect you to teachers and staff who care about you, and can help develop your social skills.
    • Research careers of interest as much as possible. Look up information online. Find out what skills/experience employers look for when hiring for that job and work on developing them. Work up the courage to speak to people who have those jobs and find out more about what it is like.
    • Read and understand your IEP with the help of an adult. What is your disability? What accommodations are written in to help you? Are you getting the accommodations you need? This is a great time to take more responsibility for your education.
    • Practice interviewing skills with your DOTS teacher or an adult at home. Interviewing is a skill that takes time and practice to develop.