Learning about Harbor School's School-to-Work Transition Program - Harbor School

Learning about Harbor School’s School-to-Work Transition Program

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In the journey from adolescence to adulthood

The transition from school to the workforce is a monumental step for all students. This transition holds unique challenges and opportunities for students with special needs, necessitating tailored support to navigate this pivotal time successfully. Harbor School's School-to-Work Transition Program stands out as it is specifically designed to equip our special needs students with the skills, confidence, and opportunities needed to transition smoothly into the workforce. 

The Foundation of Success: Understanding the Program

Harbor School's School-to-Work Transition Program is rooted in a holistic approach to education. It recognizes that preparing for the workforce extends beyond academic achievements to include social skills, vocational training, and real-world experiences. By visiting the program's dedicated page here, families can gain an in-depth understanding of how Harbor School prepares students for life after school.

Six Key Components of the Transition Program

  1. Personalized Transition Planning: Every student's path is unique, and so are their needs and aspirations. Harbor School emphasizes individualized transition plans that consider each student's strengths, interests, and career goals. These plans are crafted collaboratively with students, families, and educators to ensure a tailored approach that maximizes success.
  2. Vocational Training and Education: Practical skills are at the heart of employability. The program offers diverse vocational training opportunities, from culinary arts to technology, providing students with hands-on experience in fields of interest. This training is complemented by classroom education focused on job readiness skills, such as resume writing, interview preparation, and workplace etiquette.
  3. Work-Based Learning Experiences: There's no substitute for real-world experience. Harbor School's program integrates work-based learning experiences, including internships and job shadowing with local businesses and organizations. These opportunities allow students to apply their vocational training in real-world settings, build their resumes, and develop meaningful professional relationships.
  4. Social Skills Development: Essential to workplace success is the ability to navigate social interactions. The program places a strong emphasis on developing these skills, preparing students to communicate effectively, work as part of a team, and handle workplace dynamics with confidence.
  5. Collaboration with Community and Industry Partners: Strong partnerships with local businesses and community organizations are a cornerstone of the program. These collaborations not only provide valuable learning opportunities for students but also help build a network of support and potential employment paths post-graduation.
  6. Ongoing Support and Guidance: The transition from school to work is a process, not a one-time event. Harbor School provides ongoing support and guidance to students and alumni, helping them navigate challenges and seize opportunities as they arise in their career journeys.

The Impact: Empowering Students for the Future

The success stories emerging from Harbor School's School-to-Work Transition Program speak volumes. Students who once faced uncertainty about their post-school futures are now embarking on fulfilling careers armed with the skills, experiences, and confidence gained through the program. These successes underscore the program's effectiveness in bridging the gap between school and work for special needs students.

Why Harbor School's Program Stands Out

What sets Harbor School's transition program apart is its comprehensive, personalized, and forward-thinking approach. It goes beyond traditional vocational training by embedding work readiness into the fabric of education, ensuring students are not only prepared for specific jobs but are also equipped with the lifelong skills needed to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing workforce.

Join Us on the Journey to Success

For families of special needs students, choosing a school with a robust transition program is crucial. Harbor School invites you to explore our School-to-Work Transition Program and discover how we can support your child's journey from school to career success. Together, we can navigate the future, turning challenges into opportunities and aspirations into achievements.
Visit Harbor School's transition program page to learn more about how we prepare students for the transition from school to the workforce, embodying our commitment to empowering each student to achieve their fullest potential.

amy brandon principal Harbor School

Harbor School a private special education school in Monmouth County, New Jersey

Our mission at Harbor School is to help all of our special needs students with learning, social, language, behavioral, and other disabilities. Our highly skilled staff are committed daily to helping each student reach their full potential.

We would be more than happy to discuss your child's specific needs and challenges, so please call us at 732.544.9394, or request a tour at Harbor School in Eatontown, NJ. We are located just minutes off of the Garden State Parkway at exit 105 and conveniently located off of Route 35 and Route 36 in Monmouth County, NJ.

Amy Brandon, 
Principal-Harbor School, Eatontown, NJ