Student Life

Advisory Groups
Every student at Transition Plus is assigned to an advisor (case manager). Advisory placement is based on each student's abilities and needs. Some students require placement with an advisor who holds a particular type of teaching license. Advisories operate on a full or partial self-contained model depending on the needs of the students. Advisors provide students, their peers, and advisors a small, "home-base" environment to build high-quality relationships. Students work closely with their advisors on building a program for themselves that matches their interests and needs. Each Transition Plus Social Worker has a collaborative relationship with the advisory teams. Abilities, needs and interests will be discussed with each student when they enroll at Transition Plus to ensure the best match for each student to an advisor. Advisory placement is done by the Transition Plus Social Workers.

Students spend 45 minutes per day Monday-Thursday with their advisory groups. Students use this time to talk individually with their case managers, work on individual goals, socialize, and work on transition skills as a group. Every other Friday, students participate in Community Based Instruction with their advisories and teams. Students visit sites in the community that can provide resources to young adults with disabilities.

Community Based Fridays at Transition Plus
Fridays at Transition Plus are devoted to Community Based Instruction (CBI). Students spend time in the community visiting a variety of agencies, businesses, and sites that meet the needs of adults with disabilities, directly or indirectly, in the three transition areas. Students use this time in the community to explore education, employment, training, and social/recreational settings that will be a match for their interests, talents, and needs when they graduate from MPS. With support from staff, students also use their time on Fridays to make connections with resources to meet their current needs in the areas of housing, transportation, employment, childcare, health, social/interpersonal, and financial assistance. Speakers from the community are invited to the TPlus building to present on a variety of topics. On any given Friday, TPlus students may be; taking the written driver's test, applying for public housing, going to a medical appointment, filling out job applications, shopping for personal items, practicing purchasing skills, playing cards at a coffee shop, participating in a workshop facilitated by the Vocational Rehabilitation Services, visiting a job training program, planning a city bus trip, playing basketball, meeting with a mental health counselor, attending a theater production, baking cookies, updating a resume, or any number of other activities. 

Though not comprehensive, the list below is a sample of the types of agencies students visit and/or tour in order to expand their knowledge of and connection with community resources.

 

Employment/

Postsecondary Training

Independent Living

Social/Recreational

Program Training Centers

Henn Cty  Public Libraries

Intermedia Arts

Colleges/Universities

Thrift Stores

ValleyFair

Job Corps

Banks/Credit Unions

Minneapolis Parks

Hyatt Hospitality

Teenage Medical Services

Museums

Tree Trust

Metro Mobility

Coffee Shops

Aveda Institute

PC’s for People

Adapt. Swim Lessons

Goodwill-Easter Seals

Day Treatment Programs

Retail Stores

MN Trades Academy

Grocery Stores

Ordway Performance

Newgate Automotive

Metropolitan Center for Independent Living

Theater Productions