Overview of Transition Program

The Transition aspect of DHA is centered on Vocation Education.  All students are given a career assessment to identify strengths and emerging skills so they can begin to work towards possible career areas.  Students will be afforded the opportunity to gain work experience and employable skills needed for a successful transition to life after DHA. While in the program, students will be able to identify personal learning styles and the necessary accommodations to be a successful learner and worker.  Students will be able to identify career interests and skills, complete interest and career inventories, and identify additional education or training requirements.

The premise of this program is based on the idea that students can be successful in the world of work once they leave DHA.  DHA is dedicated to empower students with the necessary social, academic, and job readiness skills that will make them suitable candidates for employment.  This basic education will establish an ethical and pragmatic standard in hearts and minds, helping them determine the kind of people they choose to become.  These ideas are typically based on the attitudes, behaviors and competence they will be exposed to while in the vocation program.

Vocation Education (social skill development):
This course assists students in discovering and applying personal, social, employable, and academic skills through active involvement in real life situations.  Students will develop interpersonal skills so they may be able to manage various relational situations that are commonly experienced on the job.  This course helps students focus on future endeavors regarding school and career choices.  This program focuses on four areas that promote a successful transition from student to contributing citizen.

Personal Awareness:
This part of the program prepares students to navigate and map out their transition from youth to adulthood by way of self-discovery, career/occupational possibilities, and learning functional living skills to cope with the trials of everyday life.

Career Development:
This portion of the program allows students research career opportunities and the aspects of those endeavors to help develop their various careers of interest.  Specifics include:

  • Occupational tasks, duties, and responsibilities
  • Complete understanding of occupation of interest
  • Pay possibilities
  • Forecasted scale in hiring market
  • Career advancement
  • Working conditions
  • Related occupations

Post-secondary education, training, and/or employment:
This final step encourages each student to:

  • Become gainfully employed
  • Obtain specialized training, and/or;Continue on into a post-secondary educational institution, especially to pursue a bachelors or advanced academic degrees