The Transition Options program has two community group sites: The Mandel Jewish Community Center (JCC) and the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). The Transition Options Program is entry-level community-based program at CEVEC. Students focus on the 16 CEVEC Power Standards. These standards focus on behaviors and work skills that will help them become successful in their future CEVEC experiences and in finding and maintaining employment.
Students start the day participating in a daily work meeting with their peers that includes discussions about the CEVEC 16 Power Standards. The students work in small groups to discuss issues concerning the world of work. They learn positive work behaviors through discussion, role-playing and small group activities.
The students have daily contact with JCC and NCJW staff, members, preschool students and volunteers. This has provided the students with opportunities to form work relationships, which provide situations where they can practice their communication and social skills. The students work on a variety of different jobs. At NCJW the students hang, sort and recycle clothing, sort and count hangers, vacuum, and clean table and chairs.
At the JCC, the students work in a variety of different departments. In the Total Fitness Department, the students fold, collect, and restock towels, utilize the industrial washer and driers, clean fitness equipment, and greet JCC members at the front desk. For the JCC Preschool the students setup and break down the preschool gym and classroom clean the classrooms and beds, and read stories to the students. For the JCC front office the students have completed a variety of different mail room jobs that consist of stuffing and counting envelopes, collating and folding playbills and putting together a variety of different gift bags for JCC events.
The Transition Options class offers a full day program. The full day program takes place at the JCC. The students complete vocational jobs during the AM and PM sessions. What makes the program unique is the mid-day component. The mid-day program consist of students participate in-group and individual fitness activities. Every Monday the students participate in a JCC Drums Alive exercise class. Tuesday - Friday the students utilize the exercise equipment in the Total Fitness Center. After the students exercise, they have the opportunity to work on self-grooming skills in a private locker room. This provides the students the chance to work on these skills in the natural community setting. The students also eat lunch together and play board games. This is a nice time when the students can socialize with each other.
In the Transition Option Team with the help of the sending district, students and their families will be linked up with Adult Agency's such as Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and the County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Jeremy Pilloff - Job Training Coordinator
Michelle Brunello - Job Trainer
Kim Fritts- Job Trainer
Nicole Waggle - Job Trainer