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Transition from School to Work

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) helps students with disabilities, beginning at age 14, evaluate interests and abilities, explore career options, set an employment goal and develop a plan to achieve vocational success.

Students, ages 14 and up, who have limitations and need assistance with learning, seeing, hearing, communicating, coping with stress or participating in physical activities may be eligible for transition services from DRS.

Planning for your Future

To begin planning for your future, you and your DRS counselor will work together to explore different jobs and careers that best match your strengths, abilities and interests. You will be given necessary information and options so that you can make informed choices to jointly develop a plan for employment.

Your DRS counselor will continue to provide support and services as you move through the transition process to become successfully employed.

Transition services help students with disabilities move from high school to postsecondary education, specialized training or employment. The services provided vary depending upon individual needs and may include:

  • Career exploration and assessments
  • Career guidance and counseling
  • On-the-job training, internships, apprenticeships and other work experiences
  • Vocational training
  • College assistance
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Résumé development
  • Job search and placement assistance
  • Job coaching
  • Assistive technology
  • Workplace accommodations