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It’s All About Work- Student Transition Program

 It’s All About Work –Tier 1 and Tier 2 is a unique program that offers high school students the opportunity to obtain pre-employment services paid through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) once a student completes one of the Tiered programs (paid for by the schools) described below.*

*To be eligible for full service, student will complete one or both tiers, is 16 years of age or older and has been referred to and opened a case with DVRS.


The Tier 1 and Tier 2 services provided by Progressive Center for Independent Living assist individuals with disabilities in identifying career preferences and preparing them for permanent, integrated and competitive employment. Course instruction will be provided at your local high school for a fee paid for by the school.

Tier 1: Planning for Adult Life: An Introductory Course for students ages 14 and up

Tier 1 is an introductory course designed for transition-aged students ages 14 and up. This course will assist in identifying future goals and planning for life after high school. Tier 1 is conducted in group sessions, to a class of up to 12 students within 8 session visits typically running 45-60 minutes.  Course components will focus on:

  • Student Self-Discovery
  • Introduction to the Transition Planning Process
  • Career Exploration
  • Interpersonal and Social Skills
  • 2 Hour Parent Training Session  on the Transition Process

Tier 2: Planning for Adult Life for students ages 16 and up

Tier 2 is designed to assist transition aged students in identifying career preferences related to interests and abilities. Participants will also learn about the adult service systems and skills needed for independent living.  The course is designed provide information and materials to a class of up to 12 students, for 10 sessions each, 45-60 minutes in length.  Components of this course include:

  • Interests and Aptitudes
  • The World of Work
  • Post-Secondary Options
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Transition plan and the IEP
  • 2 Hour Parent Training Session on the Transition Process



  • To assist individuals with disabilities in becoming knowledgeable about their strengths, interests and needs in relation to work and inclusive community living.
  • To assist individuals with disabilities through the transition process for moving into a successful and productive adult life.
  • To connect those qualified to DVR services prior to graduation, beginning at age 16.
  • To assist individuals with disabilities in navigating the adult service system.
  • To assist school and rehabilitation personnel in their efforts to support individuals with disabilities in achieving their employment goals.


A La Carte Course Offerings

A LA CARTE Menu of Services available to students  who participate in one of the Tiered programs listed above, is 16 years of age or older and has become a NJDVRS Client with an open case. DVRS counselor will refer student to service if deemed appropriate.

These pre-employment training courses offer a comprehensive focus of skill development in obtaining and maintaining competitive employment from creating one’s career path to workplace adjustments. All but 2 of the courses are provided on a one on one basis. DVRS will refer student to PCIL for these services. Download a PDF version of the menu of service for a complete description here.

  • Pre-Employment Instructional Support
  • Rights and Responsibilities: Title I of the ADA
  • Keys to Obtaining & Retaining Jobs
  • Working Well with a Disability
  • Employment Readiness Instructional Support
  • Community Based Work Experience
  • Steps in Vocational Planning
  • Understanding Employee Benefits, Fiscal Compensation & Managing Finances Compensation & Managing Finances
  • Assistive Technology; Tools to Employment
  • Employment Job Club
  • How to Maintain Employment
  • Time Management and Organization in the Workplace
  • Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

Call PCIL’s Renee Pfaff (609-581-4500) to find out the steps in bringing this program to your school!