HMEA’s Transitional and Community Services (TRACS) helps students with special needs, ages 16- to 22-years-old, make a successful transition from school to higher education or work.
Each student’s capabilities, talents, and interests are assessed by our employment specialists. Our students explore career options and work opportunities. Once they choose their career path, we work with them to develop the skills they’ll need to succeed. And then we match them with a job where they’ll thrive.
The TRACS services include:
- Vocational Assessment: The assessment provides specific recommendations for transitional planning and skill-based learning so the student can work and live as independently as possible.
- Career Exploration: The students rotate through several work opportunities and sites. The career exploration gives our students valuable experience, exposure to the community, and helps them to decide on their career strengths.
- Job Development: HMEA helps our students find, apply, and interview for jobs in the community.
- Job Coaching: Once our student’s transition into the community as working adults, HMEA provides ongoing support and instruction at the job sites. These services help our students succeed in their vocations.
- Home/Community Life Skills: With assistance from HMEA, our students develop the skills necessary for daily living and independence.
These services are funded through the local school districts or private payment systems.