Transition Programs and Services

Students with disabilities who participate in employment based transition programs can become gainfully employed and make meaningful contributions to their community. Our business partners are essential in providing real life work-based learning opportunities for students as they prepare to enter the workforce. Transition programs and services prepare students on a self-directed pathway through job training and life skills development with the ultimate goal of positive social inclusion and integrated, competitive employment.

Emerging Program

Skills for Adult Independent Living (SAIL)

Each student has individual goals developed by a team and identified in an Individual Educational Plan (IEP). Educational activities focus on employment and job training, community involvement, mobility, safety, daily living skills, academics, health, recreation, leisure and social communication skills.

Ingham ISD partners with local businesses and organizations to expand student skills and provide job training through volunteer, nonpaid and/or paid positions. This further enhances the learning that happens in the classroom. The SAIL program also facilitates connections to agencies and community resources that can provide support services.

  • Classroom:  Focus on daily living skills, functional academics, fitness, self-care, health and social skills
  • Community Experience:  Explore recreation/leisure opportunities, community safety, shopping and money skills
  • Work Experience:  Participate in a variety of employment opportunities to gain universal work skills

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Practicing Program

School to Work (S2W)

Students gain both classroom experience and practical experience in the School to Work program. In the classroom, they gain an understanding of workplace and expectations, behaviors, understand the use of math and money, explore career options and work with community agencies to better understand what supports are available. In addition, this program provides work-based learning and individual job coaching through our community partners. Our business partners are essential in providing real-life, work-based learning opportunities for students as they prepare to enter the workforce.

  • Classroom: Attain job skills, functional academic/living skills, explore career and housing, MECA and Transition Assessment
  • Work Experience: Earn exposure to paid work experience supported by Peckham Industries with a variety of job tasks and skills
  • Work Exploration: Gain paid or unpaid work experience in the community with primary goal being independence within the work place

Readiness Program

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH combines classroom instruction provided by Ingham Intermediate School District with a year-long unpaid internship at either Michigan State University or the State of Michigan. This combination of instruction and immersion in the workplace prepares interns to meet employer expectations. Participants gain experience in a variety of settings that will align to their interests, abilities and availability.

  • Classroom:  Focus on employability and independent living skills. Engage in job seeking activities.
  • Work Experience:  Gain immersion in real-life job settings through three different host businesses offering individualized support on-site.
  • Work Exploration:  Review available internships and explore career interests beyond Project SEARCH with assistance from community partners.

For more information, read the Spartan Project SEARCH brochure.




Contact Us

Rutan, Michelle
Transition Coordinator/Consultant
Winslow, Sarah
Director, Local District and Transition Programs
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