Providing services to persons with intellectual and developmental
disabilities since 1956

School to Work Transitions Program

School to Work Transitions Program is a highly inclusive program which is designed to transition students with learning challenges from school to work and adult life. The Transitions staff utilizes a variety of individually designed approaches to meet each student's unique needs. Using a student centered, whole life planning approach which involves the student, family members, school personnel, and community members, Transitions has successfully worked with hundreds of students since 1978 to assure successful transition to the adult world upon graduation.

Since 1978, the Waltham Public Schools and GWArc have worked together to provide vocational education and training to students with special needs. Through this collaboration, we have successfully transitioned hundreds of students into the world of work and adult life for almost 30 years.

The range of services provided by the Transitions Program includes:

  • Full and part time work programs for students who have completed (or partially completed) their academic requirements
  • Career preparation and exploration for students during weekly classes at Waltham High School
  • Job Development, placement and coaching at GWArc's work sites located in the community. GWArc also develops and places students in jobs working independently in the community with job coaching supports
  • Conduct situational, vocational and job interest assessments to determine student's goals and objectives
  • Coordination of service transitions to Adult Service System (DDS, MRC, MCB and DMH)
  • Guardianship and Estate Planning
  • Providing life skills training in areas of health, safety, transportation, socialization and other work readiness areas



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