Transition Services


Navigating the shift from school to the workforce can be a rollercoaster of emotions, blending fear and exhilaration. As you approach your final years in high school, it becomes pivotal to embark on the journey of envisioning your future employment, considering post-school educational pathways, and forging meaningful ties with employment organizations in Cowlitz County.

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Job Foundation Services

Click on the topics below to learn about Job Foundation.

The Job Foundation initiative provides more employment supports at an earlier age to help high school transition students leave school with a job at the age of 21. This is made possible through a partnership between school districts, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and Cowlitz County Developmental Disabilities Program.

Watch the short video below about the Job Foundation program.

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Did You Know?

The process of transitioning from school to adulthood necessitates early consideration within a student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) no later than their 16th birthday, and potentially even earlier if deemed appropriate.

In addition, it's imperative that, upon turning 18, students promptly assess their eligibility for Social Security Income (SSI). Regardless of prior outcomes, whether they were denied benefits or received them prior to reaching 18, this evaluation is indispensable.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) provides valuable short-term employment support options, accessible both before and after the age of 21. These short-term services remain available well beyond an individual's 21st birthday.