The goal of the ACE-IT program who partners with Fort Worden PDA as a host business, is to maximize a student with special needs' opportunity for independence. The postsecondary Transition Program is for students ages 18-21 who have completed their high school requirements and wish to further develop skills in job training, independent living, and life skills.
Through a series of targeted internships students have the opportunity to acquire competitive, marketable and transferable skills to enable them to apply for a related employment upon completion.
The benefits of an offsite Transition Program in a host business—such as Fort Worden—is that it allows students to participate in integrated, competitive, on-the-job training while making community connections that will serve them in their adult lives.
Students work one-on-one with a job coach developing strategies to help them succeed in their designated vocational plan. The interns gain skill development in:
· Interpersonal communication
· Task prioritization,
· Customer service
· Listening skills and ability to take direction
· Problem solving and decision making
· Development of positive work ethics and motivation.
The ACE-IT Transition Program was developed in the summer of 2016 and was a collaboration between the Port Townsend School District, the Jefferson County Developmental Disabilities Program, the Fort Worden PDA, and ACE-IT Employment Services
Recent developments state that Students are in jeoprady of losing this program. Port Townsend School District , whom provided the funding and transportation for students in 2016-17 to attend ACE-IT Transition Program has chosen not to continue the funding for this experience, which is why we- the students and parents and providers- are asking for community support to raise funds to continue to support the needs of youth with developmental disabilities in Jefferson County.
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Our website: Aceitproject.org