Students participating in a Special Olympics competition.

Transitions I

  • This half-day program supports students who are beginning foundational skills for employment. The goal is to develop entry-level employment skills and competencies based on New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) standards. Students participate in the Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES) as part of the Transition I curriculum. The PAES lab includes an evaluation of employability skills, interests, and job training in a simulated work environment. In addition, students participate in a work readiness curriculum to introduce basic job skills and behaviors for employment success. Work-based skills are introduced and practiced in school-based training experiences, classroom projects, and career awareness for a variety of jobs that students may pursue as a career choice. Career-specific skills are explored in various clusters as students develop an awareness of their skills, interests, and abilities.

    Example of Skills Taught 

    • Career exploration and job readiness
    • Managing personal finances 
    • Caring for personal needs 
    • Social skills and maintaining healthy relationships and interpersonal skills 
    • Following directions and maintaining attention to tasks