We offer a complete transition plan for all our students.
Bergen Center for Child Development begins transition planning for our students when they reach the age of fourteen. Our Getting REAL® program includes courses of study and related strategies and activities based on a student’s strengths, interests and preferences, to assist our students in attaining postsecondary goals related to training, education, employment and/or independent living. We also engage our students in career interest surveys and discussions.
Through our Career Clusters, students learn concrete skills that help them to pursue job opportunities including, vocational skills, customer service skills, office skills, restaurant skills, and maintenance skills. Our in-school jobs program offers students a range to positions to prepare for the future.
Students get ready for work through hands-on experiences. We offer internship experiences for students sixteen and over which provide an opportunity for teens to explore career options, learn job readiness skills, and gain knowledge of the application process and resume preparation. Students are placed at local businesses and retail chain stores such as Marshalls, Dunkin Donuts, Shop Rite, Haworth Mini Mart, and local restaruants. Our trained job coaches accompany students and provide a balance of support and independence so students are successful.
In addition to work and career readiness, the Getting REAL® program also teaches daily living skills such as personal health and grooming, cooking, food shopping, and laundry.
The final area of transition planning focuses on connecting our students with the services and supports they will need when they leave school. BEFORE they graduate, we help students and families access services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), and The Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI). We take that extra step and assist our families with applications for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Access Link transportation services.