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Outreach and Partnership with Employers and Schools

Increase school and community capacity to effectively prepare and support students with disabilities for entrance and mobility in the workforce.

  • Job-Fest - Keene

The Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions in collaboration with area schools and organizations is hosting its 5th Job-Fest. Job-Fest offers local students a unique opportunity for real-world learning about the workforce in southwestern New Hampshire. Students receive coaching and employment tips to build upon their job seeking and job preparedness skills, then they apply their skills at the job fair with local employers.

Contact Information: Sheila Mahon-Keene,

  • ACES

ACES, A Chance to Experience Success is an interactive two week summer residential pilot program being held at Keene State College July 11-23, 2010. The program focuses on experiential career exploration, self-advocacy and independent living skill development for high school students ages 16 to 17 with learning disabilities and/or ADHD. The goal of the program is to provide students with a portfolio that includes clear measurable postsecondary goals, assessment of the student’s vocational interests, and general recommendations for course of study and coordinated set of activities. In addition, as an active participant in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services, and with the opportunity to assess and explore vocational interests, students will work with their counselor to design and implement an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) that is well informed and leads to the identification of a career path.

Contact Information: Sheila Mahon-Keene,

  • School Pilots

    Three schools in the Greater Nashua region engaged in small pilots within their schools. Milford worked with students on video modeling and community internships. Souhegan developed greater capacity to serve students out in the community for hands-on learning opportunities. Alvirne High School developed a new mentoring model within their school and provided curriculum for credit for the mentoring program.

    Contact Information: Emily Manire-Nashua,
  • Community of Practice on Transition

Communities of Practice are groups of people who share expertise and passion about a topic and interact on an ongoing basis to further their learning in this domain. Communities of Practice also develop tools, solve problems, and frameworks that become part of a common knowledge of the community. The Greater Nashua COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE promotes a way of working that fosters cooperation and collaboration among all partners involved in transition to life after high school and in making a difference in the lives of New Hampshire's youth, particularly those with disabilities.

Contact Information: Emily Manire-Nashua,

  • Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a one year school-to-work high school transition program that provides training and education that may lead to employment for individuals with disabilities. Project SEARCH serves as an alternative for students in their last year high school eligibility. The cornerstone of Project SEARCH is total immersion in a large business. Students report to the host business five days a week, where they learn employability skills in the classroom and job skills while participating in a variety of internships/experiences.

For technical assistance on starting a Project SEARCH, please contact the New England Assistance Center in Nashua.

Contact Information: New England Reg'l T.A. Center, LinkAbilities-Nashua

Projects under development:

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