The Community Work Transition Program (CWTP) is a collaborative effort between participating local school districts, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), and the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky (HDI).

The CWTP is designed to provide a positive beginning in the world of work for students in special education during their last two years of high school. The goal for the CWTP is students with disabilities will graduate from high school with positive employment outcomes, working in an integrated work setting with competitive pay.

The CWTP helps students with their transition needs by providing community experiences, instruction, and employment opportunities, and developing a comprehensive career assessment based on the student’s interests, preferences, and strengths. The CWTP serves students having a range of abilities who need help with:

  1. Determining the characteristics of a good job, a job that fits personal preferences, offers ways to contribute, and has fitting tasks, setting, and co-workers.
  2. Finding and negotiating suitable responsibilities, including customizing a job that meets student and employer needs.
  3. Receiving suitable on-the-job instruction, someone to learn about the typical orientation, training practices and to promote use of these typical ways to the fullest extent possible and facilitate and provide what else is needed.
  4. Pursuing advancements and always building on what’s learned and seeking more and better jobs.

Congratulations to the Community Work Transition Program recipients of the 2011 American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) Exemplary Program Award for Exemplary Program in Vocational Training and Transition