EXTENDED ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
Post-Secondary Preparation/Vocational program
The Sargent Center is excited to share the expansion of their programming. After an analysis of transition services within the State of Rhode Island we identified the need for a transition program that supports young adults with social emotional needs, self-advocacy, behavior challenges, and self-regulation difficulties to have supported engagement within the Rhode Island vocational community. In February 2020 the center introduced a post high school transition program for students 18-22.
This program is available for students to advance their Transition/Vocational goals and increase their independence and engagement. LEA’s and families utilize this post high school program for young adults who are ready for community-based age appropriate employment prep, supported post-secondary course work, and job exploration activities. This program is housed in the Administration Building on campus separate from the Day School. Classroom and college campus experience at New England Institute of Technology is available to provide social interaction opportunities with same age peers and adults on a college campus, in a variety of community and business settings including retail, commercial and noncommercial, post-secondary education, industrial, food services, health services and recreational and leisure.
Special education teachers support the students with specialized instruction in the areas of transition to secure employment or participate in work trials. Transition assessments and student interviews are utilized to guide the staff when seeking vocational placements. Job coaches provide guidance out in the community, task analyzing job skills, and providing supports in a thoughtful way to increase independence. Social workers provide services in that areas of social emotional, appropriate work placement expectation, and interactions. Coaching occurs in small groups as well as individual community job placements.