FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Monday, June 25, 2007

For More Information Contact:

Jonathan Burman or Tom Dunn at (518) 474-1201

Internet:  http://www.nysed.gov


State Education Department awards $41 million to transition students with disabilities to college and work

         The State Education Department has awarded 60 Model Transition Project grants totaling an anticipated $41 million over the next 3 1/2 years that will benefit students with disabilities at approximately 150 high schools. 

        These awards will create partnerships among high schools, Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID), local vocational rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, colleges and universities, and the business community.   Cornell University and The University of Buffalo will join the State Education Department in this initiative.

      Acting State Education Commissioner Kathy Ahearn said, “These Transition Project grants will lead to future jobs for students with disabilities.”

      The 60 awards are distributed across New York State among urban, suburban and rural districts.  Each high school may receive up to $200,000 per year, depending upon the size of the project.  The attached list provides information on each of the awards, some representing large individual schools and others involving joint applications from several smaller schools.             

      The projects will work with high school students to improve the services available through the vocational rehabilitation system to help students move into post-secondary education and other job training opportunities that lead to employment.

     These programs will offer a coordinated set of activities based on individual students' needs, taking into account students' strengths and employment interests. They all include Transition goal related activities, instruction, related services, community experiences, and development of employment and other post school adult living objectives.

     ‘Transition Services’ are a coordinated set of activities resulting in the improvement of academic and functional achievement of students with disabilities thereby facilitating their movement from school to post school activities.

     Activities planned and submitted by participating schools are all evidence based and  include: courses designed to provide assistance and information to disabled youngsters regarding gaining and retaining employment, after school employment internships and work experiences whereby staff "shadow" the students providing appropriate guidance and instruction, work place visitations to varying employment settings, instructional activities by local employers to allow students to experience everyday work obligations.

     Each participating school planned the project along with local community partners such as the local YMCA, Independent Living Centers, community rehabilitation providers, colleges and universities, community centers, and various retail community businesses offering employment in professions ranging from funeral directorship to managing the local bowling alley.




Award Winners

June 2007





Bronx Occupational Training Center


High School for Enterprise, Business, and Technology

Brooklyn Prep, Juan Morel Campus Secondary School, Progress HS, High School for Legal Studies

Brooklyn School for Career Development


Buffalo City

South Park HS, Lafayette HS, Grover Cleveland HS, Bennett HS, Burgard Vocational HS

Chelsea High School


Francis Lewis High School


Lexington School for the Deaf


Manhattan Occupational Center


Manhattan School for Career  Development


Sheepshead Bay


Yonkers School District

Gorton HS, Roosevelt HS






Arlington HS


Cortland HS


East Greenbush HS


Elmira HS


Glens Falls City SD

South Glens Falls HS

Greenburgh North Castle HS



Mohonasen HS, Niskayuna HS

Ithaca City School District




Lakeland CSD


Longwood SD


Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

Brockport HS, Spencerport HS and 2 BOCES programs

Mount Pleasant Cottage School of Westchester

Edenwald School

Mount Vernon High School


Nassau BOCES at Westbury

Greenvale, Wantagh

Newburgh City HS


New Rochelle HS

New Rochelle Alternative HS

North Colonie


Northeast Parent


Riverhead HS


Rockland BOCES Programs


Rush-Henrietta HS


Schenectady City HS


Shenendehowa HS


Southern Westchester BOCES

Mount Pleasant, Mamaroneck

Troy CSD

Lansingburgh HS, Cohoes HS

West Seneca


Williamsville HS







Canisteo-Greenwood, Arkport, Prattsburg, Horseheads

Bath CSD

Avoca, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, Hammondsport

Champlain Valley Educational BOCES

Beekman Central SD, Chazy Central School, Northern Adirondack CS, Northeastern Clinton CS

Corning-Painted Post

Spencer-Van Etten, Watkins Glen, Addison, Odessa-Montour

Erie 1 BOCES

Cheektowaga, Cheektowaga Sloan, Cleveland  Maryvale, Depew

Erie 2 BOCES

Lakeshore, Silvercreek

Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES

Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES – St. Regis, Chateauguay, Malone, Brushton-Moira, Salmon

Frontier CSD

Lackawanna City School District, Baker Hall School

Steuben-Allegany BOCES

Elmira Heights, Hornell, Jasper Troupsburg, Waverly CSD

Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES MTP#2

Broadalbin-Perth, Gloversville Enlarged, Johnstown, Mayfield, Northville

Highland CSD


Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda UFSD

Kenmore East HS, Kenmore West HS

Lancaster CSD


Lansing HS

Candor, Groton, South Seneca, Trumansberg


BOCES Center and Westhill HS, Marcellus HS

Scio CSD

Bolivar, Fillmore, Friendship, Wellsville

St. Lawrence BOCES

Massena, Brasher Falls, Potsdam, Norwood

Tonawanda CSD

 Grand Island

Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Center


Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES

Wayne Education Center, Finger Lakes Secondary School, Newark Education Center


Franklinville, Cuba-Rushford, Randolph Academy