High-School Transition Program

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About this Program

High School Transition Program is a team effort providing support and guidance as you prepare to transition from high school to the work place. Morningside staff will work with you, your parents, your school staff and counselors to help you identify your career interests and to build a plan to get you there.

Our Transition Program includes:

  • School to Work/Job Foundation Services
  • Job Club Services
  • Job Placement Services
  • Project Search  (Thurston County partnership with The Evergreen State College and Olympia School District)
  • Eye on Empowerment Services (Clallam County)

Services offered in this program:

Learn more about the services offered in this program. Click on a service below to learn more.

Job Placement

Our Business Developers start off with a meet and greet. This meeting takes around 45 minutes and it’s a chance for the client and developer to really get to know each other. Job takeaways are environment, location, size of business, sounds, etc. We talk about transportation, clothing for interviews, tasks that they would like to do and tasks they will not do. We try to know as much as we can so when in the community we are targeting the right businesses. When we feel a business meets most if not all the desired points we will take the client on a tour of the business, make introductions and if all goes well an interview. It’s very important that we make a good match for client and business. 


School-to-Work is part of our Transition Services. School-to-Work helps students find employment before graduating from their High School Transition program. Through School-to-Work, students have more experience on their resumes and have a shorter time waiting for work, where students can often lose the skills they've gained. This program offers a seamless transition from the world of school to the adult service world.

  • Intake: We gather general information and determine funding (by school district, county, & the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation).
  • Discovery: Morningside & Transition staff help students discover their work interests, skills, and capacities. Students participate in Person Centered Planning, job tours & Job Club, where they gain soft skill training. 
  • Internships: Students are matched with existing internship sites, or new ones are created, according to their interests.
  • Job Development: Students and Morningside staff look for paid work based on what students learned and experienced throughout the school year.
  • Training: Once students find a job, we work with them to determine the level of support they need. Morningside contracts to provide that support for a successful training period.
  • Long Term Supports: After the initial training period is over, if individuals determine that they need ongoing job coaching support, they enter into Employment Services through the county.
Job Club

Job Club is a weekly meeting that helps students to prepare for employment and is part of a Transition Service curriculum. Classes include interviewing skills, dressing for success, understanding employer expectations, transportation, soft skills, work interest inventory, and other employment related discussions and activities. Job Club is an excellent social opportunity that helps increase confidence as students lead activities and provide feedback to one another.‍ Meetings are 60 minutes and held at South Puget Sound Community College. If you have students who would enjoy a teaching based environment and would benefit from this curriculum, they are welcome to attend.

Program Staff

Bobbie Jo Sweet
Regional Manager

Locations offering this Program:

Click a participating location below to view a full list of program offerings and to learn more. Please contact your preferred location to speak with staff to determine if our program is right for you.

Clallam County

113 S. Valley St. Port Angeles, WA 98362


(360) 452-7919

Grays Harbor County

110 West Market St. Suite 203 Aberdeen, WA 98520


(360) 533-8820

Lewis County

605 W Main Street, Suite 4 Centralia, WA 98531


(360) 807-2100

Pierce County

1601 6th Ave Tacoma, WA 98405


(253) 301-0502

Thurston/Mason Counties

809 Legion Way SE Olympia, WA 98501


(360) 943-0512

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