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test_logo_STW-1By Brandi Monts

Most of us working on school-to-work transition efforts in Washington State are proud of what we have accomplished so far. We also know that we have a lot to learn and a long way to go in reaching more students! We tend to share a common vision… that transition programs enhance the quality of life for young adults.

In addition, many of us know that ALL students coming out of the education system have skills to offer businesses and their communities. To this end, various stakeholders across our state have established programs to help students transition from the education system into adulthood. Some of the most successful transition programs help students and their advocates set their sights on earning wages. After all, we know that students benefit when school ends and they have a job that continues past graduation.

Transition programs across our state are diverse and influenced by the needs and resources within particular communities. Lisa Latchford from AtWork! and I have written a two-part series on transition efforts across Washington, along with some examples of different models and programs that are paving the way for more students to obtain employment before they leave school.

Read more about school-to-work transition efforts in Washington State in the May and June editions of the Job Training and Placement Report (JTPR) Training Connection!  www.impact-publications.com 

Brandi Monts is the program manager with Go Wise (Washington Initiative for Supported Employment)www.gowise.org