Transition Education and Workability Program

Transition Workability

Special Education Transition Education and Workability Program

The Coronado Unified School District provides valuable vocational training to students currently enrolled in our High School and Adult Transition program. Through transition services and the Adult Transition Program, CUSD offers students training through vocational assessments, career awareness and exploration, pre-employment skills training and hands-on work site experience.  Transition Services and the Transition Program are not synonymous. Read below for additional information on each of these areas.

Transition Services 

Transition services are a set of coordinated activities to assist a student's movement from school to post-school activities. These services are designed to help your child adjust to life after he or she is no longer eligible for school-related services. The law requires that transition services be provided to all students with disabilities, beginning at sixteen (16) years of age or younger, if appropriate. When appropriate, the IEP team will plan and oversee the implementation of these transition services. 

The law also requires that coordinated activities for transition include instruction, community experiences, and the development of employment and other post-school living skills. If services in any of the previously listed areas are not needed by your child, your child's IEP must state so and why. The coordinated activities for transition must be based on your child's individual needs and take into account his or her preferences and interests. If appropriate, the coordinated activities may also include the acquisition of daily living skills and/or functional vocational evaluation. 

If transition services are going to be discussed at an IEP meeting, the notice of the IEP meeting will include the following information:

  • indicate that the meeting will discuss transition services; 
  • indicate that the student will be invited; and 
  • identify any agency representatives that the school invited if applicable

What is Workability?

WorkAbility is a community and state of California transition program providing special education students (ages 16 to 22) the opportunity to complete their secondary education while obtaining marketable job skills.

Workability was started in the early 1980s by Gail Zittel, a vocational education visionary. She wanted a continuum of vocational education, work experience and life skills for special education students. The student-focused philosophy continues today, helping students understand how they fit into the "world of work" and preparing them for life. From a small beginning, Workability services are now available throughout the state of California. Click below to visit the Workability Site for additional information for students, parents, and community partners. 

 CUSD Workability Website CUSD Workability Website 

 CUSD Workability PowerSchool CUSD Workability PowerSchool (formerly Haiku) Page

Adult Transition Program

The Adult Transition Program  provides individualized support, which allows students in special education to transition successfully from their role of high school students to their new role as adults in the community.  The program provides support in any or all of the Transition Domains:

Independent Living
Public transportation skill development. Daily living skills training.  Develop a personal budget or money-management system.  Develop the skills to establish and maintain a checking account.  Independent or supported apartment living.  Practice the organizational skills needed to keep a weekly schedule of appointment.
Job development, on-the-job-training, post secondary training, job coaching and job follow-along, paid employment.  Training in work related skills necessary for job retention.
Recreation and Leisure
Explore community recreation centers.  Plan and set up activities with peers, participate in recreation activities of their own choosing.
Social and Interpersonal Skills:
Participate in group activities, explore community resources for social connections and practice social skills at the workplace.
Community Connections
Connect students with an adult agency which will continue job support after the student leaves public education on or before age 22.
Access community resources for social and recreation activities.
Volunteer in the community.
Connect with student support services at community college or other educational agencies.


Additional Transition Information 

Parent Resources Parent Resources

Contact Information

Katie Quinly
Special Education Teacher and Workability Coordinator
650 D Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 522-8907 ex. 2604

Dorian Edge
WorkAbility Coach
650 D Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118 
(619) 522-8907 ex. 2140