Fast Track Transition Program

What is Fast Track?

The Fast Track Program supports Youth with disabilities starting high school to teach students pre-employment skills and post-education transitional services. Fast Track provides students with a 30-week program that explores post-secondary job counseling, work-based learning, workplace readiness training, and self advocacy instruction. 

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Who is elegible? 

Must meet all of the following criteria: 
 
  • Student 14-21 years old
  • Have proof of a diagnosed disability  (ie:  IEP, 504, Medical diagnosis).
  • Without a current IL Department of Rehabilitation case

 

What do student’s gain from Fast Track? 

EXPLORATION COUNSELING

Career exploration for in-demand occupations, as well as nontraditional employment. Identifying careers of interest.

UNDERSTANDING IEP / 504

Students become involved in setting annual goals, supplementary aid.

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION COUNSELING

Advisement of academic curriculum career options, information on college applications and admissions processes, completing the FAFSA, academic and occupational training needed to succeed in the workplace, or providing disability support services.

LIFE-SKILLS READINESS TRAINING

Training in skill areas other than vocational development that students will need to function independently in the community. Skill areas may include using public transportation, meal preparation, money management, communication and interpersonal skills, job seeking skills, and understanding employer expectations.

SELF-ADVOCACY INSTRUCTION

Learning about rights, responsibilities, and how to request accommodations or services as well as being able to communicate any thoughts, concerns, or needs while seeking services.

Fore more information on Fast Track, contact the Youth Transtion Services Coordiantor:

Maggie Backes

[email protected]

815-224-3126 ext. 218

 
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