Students with special needs who enroll in the Adult Transition Program learn valuable vocational, mobility, and community, social and independent living skills that enable them to function productively in society. The Transition Program currently serves approximately 130 students.
Students are encouraged to utilize many aspects of the community as independently as possible, but with support from staff as needed. In addition to a variety of job training opportunities, students also have opportunities to bowl; attend nutrition classes, concerts and club meetings; and interact with age-appropriate, non-disabled peers in the Project Buddies program on campus and in the community.
Many program participants develop and refine their vocational skills while participating in the Adult Transition Program, and then are directly hired as employees at work experience sites and by local businesses.
While enrolled in the La Sierra Adult Transition Program, students receive education and hands-on training in the following areas with community business partners:
- On-the-job training at various work experience sites—small group and individual job coaching is provided
- Job skills seminars and workshops
- Assistance with applying for and receiving Workability I services through North Orange County Regional Occupational Program, referrals to the Orange County Youth Center for possible Workforce Investment Act services and community college/adult school classes
- Opportunities to attend Careers Day at CSUF, participate in mock job interviews and visit adult service programs in the community
- Collaboration with North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) and support from adult school transition counselors to enroll in adult education courses
- Opportunities to attend NOCE career preparation Workshops at least three times per year
- Safety in the community
- Stranger awareness
- Use of OCTA busses—use of bus schedules, Transit Apps,routes and discounted ID cards
- Emergency conduct and “Get Safe” training
- Independence in community settings
- Use of community resources such as museums, libraries, parks and theatres
- Shopping for personal items at grocery stores, department stores and malls
- Safety in the community
- Eating in fast-food and sit down restaurants
- Planning recreational activities with friends both during program hours and after school
- Assistance with moving into a private apartment with support from an independent living provider if this is an IEP Team plan
- Budgeting, banking and consumer awareness instruction
- Cooking, nutrition, shopping and meal planning classes once per week
Health, Nutrition and Grooming
- Power walking, weight training, swimming, aerobics, soccer, basketball, etc. at least twice per week
- Assistance with selecting and purchasing healthful lunches
- Monthly haircuts, manicures and makeup application instruction at Fullerton College Cosmetology
- Shopping for professional attire for work/school
Social and Recreational Activities
- Planning community field trips with friends,
- Bowling, playing pool, singing Karaoke, participating in campus special events and attending concerts in the community
- Birthday parties, holiday parties and other celebrations with friends
- Trips to amusement parks, live performances of plays and concerts in the community
- Participation in Project Buddies, a program in which students have opportunities to socialize and develop friendships with their university peers
- Participation in special interest clubs in areas such as Art, Music Appreciation, Hiking, Cosmetology, Comic Book, Drama, Dance, Movies, Games, Sports, Baking, Social, Reading, Anime, Fantasy Football, Yearbook and Current Events.
- Participation in Healthy Relationships Curriculum
For more information, please contact Mr. John Oldenburg at (714) 447-5503.