Transition Partnership Program (TPP)

TPP is an interagency vocational program funded by the California State Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) in cooperation with the Humboldt County Office of Education and high schools in the Arcata, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Klamath Trinity, McKinleyville and Southern Humboldt areas. 



To assist students with barriers to employment to become competitive in the world of work. These students meet the following criteria:
  • At least 16 and are a junior or senior
  • Out of school up to the age of 24
  • Qualify for Department of Rehabilitation
  • Want to work
  • Are available to participate
  • Would benefit from the program
Student Services
  • Vocational Assessments and Career Research
  • Job Exploration Counseling
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Job/work Readiness
  • Resume, Job Applications and Interview Skills
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • On the Job Training
  • Vocational Training Placements
  • Interview and Work Clothing
  • Transportation Allowance
  • Job Development and Placement
  • Referral to Community Agencies, Colleges, and Career Technical Training Programs
Employers May Receive ...
  • Potential Federal and State Tax Credits
  • Insurance and Workers’ Compensation Coverage
  • Lower Training Costs
  • Loyal and Long-Term Employees
TPP Employers Say ...

“I’ve participated in the Transition Partnership Program for over six years now… you get to work with friendly, talented young people… in a positive way, and helping them identify and explore talents they possess is very gratifying.”
Tim Flanagan, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts

“TPP is truly a mutually beneficial program. We help the clients meet their goals and in turn they help our organization meet our goals.”
Chris Cooper, Fortuna Library

“I have had the pleasure of working with students in TPP over the past eight years… Our store has and will continue to support this program as it truly benefits both our company and our community.”
Tom Crumley, Ray’s Food Place

WorkAbility I

A California State Department of Education program coordinated at the local County Office of Education for high school students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) throughout Humboldt County.


Mission Statement

The mission of WorkAbility I is to promote the involvement of key stakeholders (students, families, WorkAbility staff, educators, youth-serving organizations, workforce development organizations, post-secondary education and training, and business partners) in planning and implementing an array of services that will culminate in successful student transition to employment, lifelong learning, and quality of life.

Student Opportunities

Eligible students may be able to participate in work-based classroom activities such as WoofAbiility and paid work training with Workers’ Compensation Coverage provided by the program.

WorkAbility I Services

School Based Preparatory Experiences:
Elements that are commonly part of the school curriculum and/or educational delivery system.

  • Career/Vocational Assessments
  • Employment/Post-Secondary Education Planning
  • Curriculum Integration of Work-Readiness Skills/Contextual Learning
  • Career Vocational Education

Career Preparation & Work Based Learning Experiences:
Activities, learning experiences or strategies to increase career awareness, provide students with work-readiness skills and connect the classroom to work and engage in work-based learning experiences.

  • Career Awareness / Exploration Activities
  • Career Preparation / Job Search
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Job Development
  • Employment / Work Experience
  • Job Retention
  • Work-Site Mentor / Supervisor
  • Job Coach
  • Work-Site Follow-Along / Employer Communication

Youth Development & Leadership:
Engage youth in the process of developing self-advocacy and self-determination skills that apply to the classroom and the community.  Link students with community agencies that provide support for transition after they leave high school.  Engage business partners to advise and support work-based learning opportunities that lead to career readiness.

  • Self-Advocacy / Disability Awareness
  • Youth Leadership
  • Destination / Transportation Training
  • Life Skills / Independent Living
  • Family Participation & Support of Transition
  • Partnership and Collaboration
Student Responsibilities
  • Must be ready and willing to participate.
  • Must attend school on a regular basis.
  • Must follow the program and training site rules and regulations.
WorkAbility Employers Say ...

“I have seen the benefits first hand of what good it does to get these students out and working with the public. Our store has and will continue to support this program...”
Tom Crumley, Ray’s Food Place

“…We help the clients meet their goals and in turn they help our organization meet our goals.”
Chris Cooper, Fortuna Library

WoofAbility Program (PDF)