Transition Services

MNPS Transition Services

Preparing for Life After High School

As students gets older and progress through school, their Individualized Education Program (IEP) is required to focus on preparing them for life after they graduate. Transition services must be provided for eligible students ages 14–21 who receive special education services. four students in transition program 

Transition planning takes a team. It's a step-by-step process that uses information about your student to create goals and a pathway for life after high school.


Community Based Training Program

Our school-to-work transition program operates in several located throughout Davidson County.  Students can experience supervised work-related learning activities in a variety of settings to develop skills relevant to future employment.

Students learn:

  • Job skills
  • Community involvement
  • Self-advocacy
  • Social skills
  • Appropriate work behavior
  • Travel training
  • Independent living skills


Businesses & Non-Profit Partners

This program is a collaborative partnership between MNPS, businesses and non-profit organizations who commit to offering our students real-life workplace experiences that help them grow into achieving paid competitive employment. Male Transitions student at work

Our students can train and work in businesses and non-profits to perform necessary job tasks such as:

  • Sorting Light cleaning, (i.e., Sweeping, vacuuming, wiping)
  • Office support, (i.e., shredding. copying, filing)
  • Stocking supplies
  • Food preparation
  • Filling supply orders Folding, (i.e., towels, boxes, clothing)


Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a one-year internship for students with disabilities who are ready for intensive job training and employment. The program takes place in a business setting, currently a local hotel, where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process, as well as the acquisition of employability and marketable work skills.

  • Project SEARCH students participate in three internship rotations to explore a variety of jobs.
  • The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher, Vocational Rehab and Progress, Inc. to create an employment goal and support the student during this important transition from school to work.
  • Our student graduates have found employment in hotels, hospitals, restaurants, colleges and retail stores, among others.