Transition Options a Must for Students
Transition is defined as "a coordinated set of activities for a student, designed within an outcome-oriented process, which promotes movement from school to post-school activities". This could include post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community preparation. Transition services are discussed with each student with a disability each year, starting at the age of 16. This is the appropriate age, mandated by the state, in which students begin to talk to the Transition Coordinator about "future" plans. Each student participates in such activities as a Transition Interview, Career Interest Inventories, Career Assessments for Planning, and begins the process of looking at interests and aptitudes for future employment and living.
Although the state has mandated a starting age for Transition Services, it is never too early to begin to teach students, those with and without disabilities, to set and achieve goals for themselves. This method of goal setting can start as early as elementary school in which goals might be to read a set amount of books for the year, read the designated amount of books for each month to achieve BOOK IT goals, earn good grades, participate in sports, etc. Allowing students to set goals early and helping them achieve these goals enables them to feel successful at an early age. Those who feel successful are more likely to continue to set goals for themselves and work hard to achieve them.
Most students begin their Transition Planning in Junior High, the place where they are first asked to think about their future. Many Junior High Students are at a loss as to what they want to pursue after High School. Encouraging students to start in the elementary grades will allow students at the Junior High level to discuss more concrete choices for their future.
There are many resources within Kermit ISD that are available to discuss career life choices with students. Ms. Linda Moore is the Counselor for the Kermit Junior High Campus, Mrs. Claudia Awbrey works on the Kermit Elementary Campus, and Mrs. Amanda Urias works at Kermit High School. Mrs. Roxana Espino, Mr. James Hedrick, and Mrs. Angela Florez also work with students who are in need of Transition Planning. Students and parents are encouraged to contact the school counselor or the Kermit ISD Special Education Department for any questions or assistance with Transition Planning.