High School Transition Program

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CAREERS High School Transition Program provides students with disabilities with earlier interventions so they are able to transition more successfully from the classroom to community employment. We reach out, and collaborate with, all 55 high schools throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties to help students with learning, intellectual, developmental, physical and/or psychiatric disabilities. Our comprehensive services include intake and assessment; resume’ and cover letter preparation; development of pre-employment skills; internship development and placement; on-the-job training; job coaching and ongoing support services.

CAREERS successfully collaborates with several schools/organizations throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties, including:

New RochKatherine doing hairelle High School, Project Search Program

CAREERS provides job training support to teachers and students participating in 10-week internships at locations including the United Hebrew Geriatric Center and Montefiore Medical Center. With our nomination, New Rochelle High School was the first runner-up for the “2014 WORKS FOR ME” recognition award in the category of “Youth Transition Partner of the Year”, from The New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.


Carmel Central School District

CAREERS places students in internships and provides Job Coach training to Carmel High Teaching Assistants. Many students have secured paid positions after successfully completing their internships. This is the first time a program of this kind has been implemented and an agency like ours has collaborated so directly and successfully with a school district in Putnam County.

  • Carmel High School PACE Transition Program
    At the May 2013 Board of Education meeting, the Carmel Central School District recognized students who participated in the CHS PACE Life Skills class, as well as their school-based job coaches, teachers, corporate partners and CAREERS. The students and their families recounted the impact community internships had on their lives. Each student gained self-confidence, an understanding of future career planning and enjoyed a positive learning experience.
  • Camp Herrlich Summer Camp Internship Program  Our Employment Specialists set up internships, coached the students, and taught Carmel High School Teaching Assistants how to supervise them so they could each receive as much supervision as needed, based on each student’s needs, providing them the opportunity to work in the community.
  •  Carmel High School was one of only two schools to receive a “2012 Youth Transition Award” from The New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities at its annual “Works for Me” event. CAREERS nominated the high school for their strong commitment to providing job opportunities for students with disabilities. CAREERS and Carmel High School were both featured in a video produced by OPWDD and were honored guests at the awards ceremony in Albany.

CAREERS also has launched our Education and Employment Initiative in conjunction with Carmel High school and an area hotel.  We work with hotel staff to teach students teaches life and job skills as they rotate through internships in hotel departments including Food and Beverage and Housekeeping, preparing them for employment once they graduate or age out of high school. CAREERS will then place students in paid positions as they continue in our Supported Work Program, where we continue to provide employment services.

Katonah-Lewisboro School District

During the 2011/2012 school year, CAREERS provided one-on-one job coaching for a student in a cosmetology class at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, as well as Job Coach training to the district’s staff, which provided school-based job coaching services to students working in their community-based internship program.

Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES

Fox Meadow Learning Center – Since 2011, we have provided services to over 100 students and placed 47 students in paid employment. Students from Fox Meadow High School in Yorktown have participated in group and individual sessions to learn work readiness skills, resume and cover letter preparation, interviewing skills, vocational counseling and financial skills training.

                 ScarsdalAnthonye High School

CAREERS provided Job Coaching and support for a student whose parents requested our services. A CAREERS Employment Specialist assisted the student through three internships. He was so successful he was offered a paid summer position. He was also a participant in our Iona College AIM Program, (see below), and his CAREERS Employment Specialist continues to support him in his internship at a local gym and is helping him secure a paid position at a local supermarket.


Walter Panas Oasis High School program

CAREERS staff conducts Job Readiness Classes for Oasis program participants which consists of students with emotional issues. Of the seven students participating, CAREERS placed two in jobs in the community so far.

Lakeland High School STRIVE and Pre-Vocational Programs

Our Employment Specialists teach the job readiness and soft skills needed for successful employment. The students put these skills to work in community-based job sites, to prepare for future employment opportunities.

We also have a summer internship program with Lakeland High School.

Westlake High School

We provide job readiness skills training and internship placement in conjunction with the Westlake teaching staff and follow-along support at internship sites, including Sporttime, Walgreens, the Westchester Medical Center, a local law office and Animal Hospital. Our staff is also mentoring a student participating in the Youth Police Academy at Pace University.

Putnam Valley High School


CAREERS teaches life and job skills to students at New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Center, where we provide job training and support to help Putnam Valley High School students reach their potential.

Our Employment Specialists work closely with hospital staff and teachers to assure students gets the full benefit of their internship and that the employer is satisfied with their performance.

The students rotate through internships in hospital departments including Marketing and Medical Affairs.

Once they graduate, we place students in paid positions as they continue in our Supported Work Program, where we provide employment services for as long as necessary to insure their long-term success.

Mahopac High School

CAREERS is providing follow-along support to Mahopac High School students as they learn job skills at internships in the community. Once they graduate, we place students in paid positions as and continue to provide employment services for as long as they need our help to be successful on the job.

For additional information on CAREERS School-to-Work Transition Opportunities, please contact:

Northern Westchester and Putnam

Kim Flynn, (845) 225-8007

[email protected]

Southern Westchester

Jennifer Retacco, (914) 741-8500
[email protected]