Counseling on Post-Secondary Education


Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) provided under WIOA at the Independence Center

Pre-employment transition services are provided to students with disabilities to further develop an awareness of career and education opportunities, the general skills needed for employment success in any field, and the skills needed to appropriately advocate for themselves as they prepare to exit secondary education and enter the workforce or other post-school activities.

Pre-employment transition services include:

  • Job Exploration
  • Work-Based Learning Experiences
  • Counseling on Post-Secondary Education
  • Workplace Readiness Training
  • Instruction in Self-Advocacy

A student with a disability is an individual with a disability in a secondary, postsecondary, or other recognized education program who is:

  • Between 15-21 years old
  • Eligible for, and receiving special education or related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act
  • An individual with a disability, for purposes of Section 504


The Independence Center

Independent Living Skills Class Descriptions for DVR specific to WIOA qualifications

Learning Styles Inventory

Interest Survey

Strengths Assessments

Components of an IEP/504

Understanding Special Education Law

Disability Services


Counseling on Post-Secondary Education (DVR) – Counseling on Post-Secondary Education Programs

Choosing a career requires exploration and planning to gain awareness of the wide

range of career pathways and labor market realities and projections. It is essential

for students to see how skill development and knowledge relate to future

opportunities in Postsecondary Education (PSE) settings and employment. In

addition to being provided information and guidance on a variety of post-secondary

education and training opportunities, the PSE planning process allows students to

learn about the special departments and/or supports available at the PSE

institutions of higher learning.


Session 1: What is Post-secondary Education?  Where to begin

Session 2:  Learning styles inventory and explanation

Session 3:  Interest survey.  What do you want to be?

Session 4:  Strengths assessment and skills self-assessment

Session 5:  What are your goals for post-secondary education. Goal plan

Session 6:  Research careers and PSE options

Session 7:  Prepare for PSE- what is your transition plan? Do you know your IEP/504?

Session 8:  Are you ready for PSE- What skills do you need to be successful?

Session 9:  The Law- do you know what you need to know?  Do you have the documentation that you need?

Session 10 &11:  Connecting with Disability Services at colleges

Session 12 & 13:  Connecting to resources- information about and tour at local college (PPCC, UCCS, CTU)

Session 14 & 15:  Connecting to resources- information about and tour at local college (PPCC, UCCS, CTU)

Session 15 & 16:  Connecting to resources- information about and tour at local college (PPCC, UCCS, CTU)

Session 17:  How to apply for federal financial aid and other scholarships

Session 18:  Transition individual and family members workshop for connecting with PSE resources

Session 19:  PEAK Parent to present resources for families

Session 20- 25:  Completing the application process

Session 26- 27:  admissions testing & pre-req information

Session 28:  What accommodations will you ask for?

Session 29- 30:  Advocacy for accommodations as needed