This unique program is designed for high school students between the ages of 17 and 21 who are receiving educational services under an Individual Education Plan (IEP). These students are moving toward the promising but challenging day when they will leave high school and step into the world of work.
Because young people with disabilities face even greater challenges, the high school transition program helps students assemble the building blocks for success by preparing them for a successful employment experience.
In collaboration with the schools in Walla Walla and Columbia County, Lillie Rice Center guides students through vocational exploration, employment planning, community-based assessments and eventual job placement. Ongoing employment support (job coaching) is provided to assist in successful school-to-work transitions.
The goal of the program is for each participating student to have paid employment upon high school graduation.
Referrals are accepted from the schools with funding provided by schools, and the counties in which students are located.