Special education prepares students for life after high school – The Globe


WORTHINGTON — Secondary transition is a required part of special education services and part of the process of preparing students for life beyond the walls of our K-12 classrooms. It also offers a number of opportunities including, but not limited to: post-secondary education and training, employment training and assistance, and supported independent living.

School staff work with students on a variety of activities that help them progress toward their transition goals, such as obtaining a driver’s license, applying and attending college, or finding a career. employment opportunities within the community through transition courses and collaborative work with local agencies.

Emily Ruml, a special education teacher at Worthington High School, says, “Transitional services have been a huge asset to our special education students here at WHS,” and partnerships with many county agencies have proven successful.

District special education staff have worked with a number of county agencies such as Nobles County Community Services, Southwestern Center for Independent Living (SWCIL), Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS), Southwestern Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC ) and The Achievement Center to form a county transition team that focuses on meeting student needs, provides work experience opportunities within the Worthington community, and helps develop transition plans for the after graduation.

Given these strong partnerships, Ruml said, “We are able to provide a wide range of opportunities for our students with special needs to help them and their families feel comfortable with the post-graduation plans keeping the student’s goals and needs at the center of attention. .”

Worthington High School‘s Special Education Department offers a transition class for special education (as well as general education) students preparing for graduation. The course will use the Workforce Solutions curriculum, which guides students through the process of identifying their strengths and weaknesses, engages them in career exploration activities, and provides instruction on employability skills and job search skills such as networking, resume building and interview techniques.

Workforce Solutions provides age-appropriate sequential skill building that follows a scope and sequence focused on college and career readiness.

In addition to this course, District 518 staff have partnered with PIC and Hope Haven to work with students and case managers to provide various work experience opportunities within the community to gain necessary job skills and on-the-job training.

“It’s been a huge success in helping students build the job skills needed after graduation,” Ruml said.

We are grateful to Worthington and the many departments in Nobles County who helped establish our transition programs at Worthington High School to provide continued support for our students beyond graduation. We look forward to a successful school year!


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