Transition School to Work (TSW) Program

The Transition School to Work (TSW) program focuses on the provision of vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to eligible and potentially eligible high school students with disabilities who are interested in employment after leaving high school. The goal is a smooth, seamless transition from high school to post-high school career development and/or employment. 

The Rehabilitation Act, as amended by WIOA (2014), expands the types of services that VR agencies may provide to students with disabilities as they transition from school to postsecondary employment and education through Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).  These services are designed to be an early start at job exploration for students with disabilities necessary for movement from school to post-school activities that will maximize their potential to enter competitive integrated employment.  The increased emphasis on transition to employment in WIOA aligns with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Employment First Initiative to ensure that students with disabilities are provided work experiences before leaving high school. 

The required Pre-ETS Services Include:  Job Exploration Counseling, Work Basked Learning (WBL), Counseling on Opportunities for Enrollment in Comprehensive Transition or Post-Secondary Education Programs, Workplace Readiness Training to Develop Social Skills and Independent Living and Instruction in Self-Advocacy.


Transition School to Work Grant Staff

    • Stacia Williamson - Transition Case Manager
    • Angela Mefford - Transition Coach
    • Shelley Fugate - Workplace Readiness Specialist



    Transition Tennessee Blueprint