Transition Services

Transition Services

Who Are Transition Specialists?

Transition Specialists work with students to assist them with their career growth. They help students determine the right combination of education and experience needed to plan their career and look to advance in the future. Transition Specialists advise and help students to make the most of their talent and skills, especially in the areas of career planning. They help students evolve from one stage of career development to the next, focusing on skills training, continuing education, and employment. 

What Do Transition Specialists Do?

Transition Specialists work with students and suggest scholastic goals and career opportunities to work toward. They work as career counselors to identify a student's abilities, education, and training. Transition Specialists help to identify a student's interests and work with them on resume writing skills, interview skills, and job searching to help achieve a desired career. In some cases, they might help students take career interest surveys and identify interests and skills. Transition Specialists use the information to help students identify their post-secondary goals.

Why Are Transition Specialists Needed?

Transition Specialists work with high school students, helping students work toward graduation with an eye on life after high school. They primarily advise students, guiding them in their journey for after high school. Transition Specialists conduct interviews to identify students' career goals, conduct skills assessments, research career opportunities for students, refer students to programs or services, and assist students in the documentation process. They also do the following:  
  • Provide transition assessments (interest and career inventories, aptitudes, work skills) to all students with IEPs 
  • Maintain a “Transition Profile” for each student and track assessments and their results with a suggested timeline of implementation 
  • Collaborate with community businesses to establish work experience, and possibly students in the Transition Program
  • Provide trainings to Special Education staff 
  • Attend IEP meetings to discuss transition plans/options
  • Collaborate with IEP teams to write meaningful transition plans, determine post-secondary goals and transition services, and/or serve as a resource to Special Education case managers
  • Organize a “Transition Fair” for Special Education students and their families that would provide information from workplaces, colleges, transition program, community resources, etc. 
  • Post-secondary planning 
  • Facilitate tours/visits to community programs, workplace settings, and/or post-secondary institutions
  • Work closely with the Counseling Department on post-secondary options 
  • Gather information and provide a Post-Secondary Planning Pamphlet to students with Special Education needs 
  • Provide students personalized career transition services and ensure graduates remain successfully attached to the workforce or higher education and other trainings
  • Conduct employment bridge building and workforce development to establishment partnerships to enhance mutual opportunities
  • Assist students with enrollment processes to college, workforce, training, and independent skills programs


Dr. Sonya Hendricks
Hendricks, Dr. Sonya
ESS Transition Specialist
Office: 000-000-0000
520-836-8500 x3907
520-876-9400 x4151

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Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance coordinator(s), Teena Daniels, District Title IX Coordinator, 1362 N. Casa Grande Ave, Casa Grande, AZ 85122, (520) 316-3360, or [email protected]

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