Adult Transition Program for Grant Grover and Indian Valley Campus
The Secondary Transition Program is a Life Skills program that fosters:
- Independence and Life Skills
- Integrated educational community outcomes and engagement
- Functional skills that support Integrated Competitive Employment
- Self Esteem and Self Determination
- Lifelong Relationships
To provide transition services and supports to prepare adult students for fully informed engagement in meaningful work and community experiences after public education.
The Marin County Office of Education Adult Transition Program provides transition services and supports to students with disabilities ages 18 through 22 who are stepping into the world of adulthood for first time. Located on both campuses of the College of Marin, the programs prepare students for greater independence. The program utilizes evidence-based instructional practices and student-focused planning to develop each student’s functional academic skills, self-care and independent living skills, community engagement and vocational skills. Specific transition planning and systematic supports foster greater self-determination, self-confidence, and greater integration into the community. Students in the MCOE Adult Transition Program benefit from an engaging and supportive community of peers and adults. Student in the program typically develop friendships with their peers that last well beyond their school program and into adulthood.
Community-Based Instruction (CBI) is a critical component of the education program. Community Based Instruction is defined as regular and systematic instruction of meaningful, functional, and age-appropriate skills in integrated community settings, using naturally occurring materials and situations. Community Based Instruction is designed to help students acquire and generalize life skills that will increase the likelihood of their meaningful integration within their general community as adults.
Our adult students have many opportunities to access their community and apply their developing skills. Regular and systematic instruction is integrated into a variety of community settings, using naturally occurring materials and situations. Instruction is driven by individual strengths and needs and uses consistent teaching strategies and accommodations designed to enhance each student’s participation in community activities. Marin community areas including shopping centers, grocery stores, the College of Marin Campus, public libraries and post offices take on importance as a potential instructional setting. Also, students learn important skills such as independent livings skills, money management (including purchasing and budgeting), leisure skills, and appropriate social skills. Students learn pedestrian skills and how to utilize various modes of transportation independently, which lends to their ability to not only maintain employment, but also maintain friendships throughout the county.
PROGRAM RESOURCES AND AGENCY CONNECTIONS
The learning opportunities provided to students enrolled in the MCOE regionalized secondary transition programs are enhanced by the close connections with the College of Marin as well as resources provided through grants received by the Marin County Office of Education. The MCOE Adult Transition Program hosts an annual Community Open House at the Grant Grover campus that brings a variety of community organizations and agencies together with families to share information and strengthen community connections.
COLLEGE OF MARIN
Many of our students are enrolled in courses at the College of Marin and attend their courses, consistent with their Individual Educational Program (IEP), during the school day with the support of the MCOE staff and in collaboration with the Student Accessibility Services at College of Marin. These courses vary based on each student’s interests, abilities, and Individual Transition Plan. Students may enroll in courses such as media, technology, adaptive PE, counseling courses, art, swimming, Zumba, tennis and weight training. In addition, students are able to participate in other Associated Student of College of Marin (ASCOM) clubs, activities and events such as brown bag theater performances, farmers market, concerts on the lawn, BBQs, and student rallies.
TRANSITIONAL PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (TPP)
The Transitional Partnership Program (TPP), is a vocational program designed to give Marin County transition students the skills necessary to secure and maintain competitive, full-time integrated employment. In collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), teachers and staff provide pre-vocational curriculum and activities that teach students the necessary skills for employment. TPP Students receive hands-on, community-based employment experiences designed to lead to competitive employment opportunities. TPP students are also trained in job interviewing techniques, resume building, filling out a job application, work ethics and the social skills and interpersonal skills necessary for a successful employment experience.
The Workability Program provides comprehensive pre-employment skills training, employment placement and follow-up for students in special education who are making the transition from school to work, independent living and post-secondary training. The program offers students receiving special education support the opportunity to complete their secondary education while also obtaining marketable job skills, school credits and earning income at employment sites offered by the local business community.