What is Transition WORKS! Pittsburgh?

Started in 1996, Transition WORKS! Pittsburgh provides workforce readiness training for high school youth with disabilities ages 16 to 21. Throughout the school year, students participate in four 9-week training rotations within the Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania headquarters.

Rotations include both classroom and hands-on instruction. As students progress through the on-site training, they are encouraged to explore community based workforce readiness training at other Goodwill partnership sites.

How does Transition WORKS! Pittsburgh work?

Work Skill Training Areas

Hands-on training is offered within the following work skill areas:

  • Computer Recycling
  • Customer Service
  • Clerical
  • Food Services
  • Housekeeping
  • Retail Service

Workforce Readiness Skills

A trained facilitator provides classroom instruction using Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success, a curriculum developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) focused on teaching workforce readiness skills including:

  • Attitude
  • Communication
  • Networking
  • Professionalism
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork

Who is eligible for Transition WORKS! Pittsburgh?

A student must meet the following criteria to be accepted into the Transition WORKS! program:

  • Presently enrolled in an academic program or high school
  • Age 16 to 21
  • Have a physical, cognitive, emotional or social disability
  • Have an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Have independent personal hygiene and grooming skills
  • Have independent toileting and feeding skills
  • An absence of severe, disruptive and/or violent behavior problems
  • Ability to learn in a small group environment without one-on-one supervision
  • Have the desire to explore work skills training
  • The ability to maintain appropriate workplace behaviors
  • Able to communicate and interact with minimum prompts with on-site and Transition Services Staff

Service Availability:

Program start date determined by student schedule and program availability.

Who to contact:

For more information or to request a program tour, contact:
Susan Buchanich, Transition WORKS! Coordinator 
susan.buchanich@goodwillswpa.org
Phone: 412-632-1880