What is the transition to work program?

The Transition to Work Program, now in its fourth year, is a collaborative effort made possible by a federal grant and a partnership between the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Its goal is to prepare Deaf and hard of hearing youth for transition to the workplace.  To achieve this goal, Transition to Work provides summer internships and job training opportunities to qualified Deaf and hard of hearing Massachusetts students.

What is required of the employer/mentor?

Transition to Work asks that the employer/mentor provide opportunity for students to learn about the workplace. The ideal situation would be an 8-10 weeks, 37.5 hours a week in supervised environment where the student(s) get hands-on experience/job training along with support and feedback.  If 37.5 hours is not feasible for your department, we can discuss less hours.

What expenses are involved?

NONE!  The Transition to Work program will cover all expenses related to the students’ needs including their salaries, job coaching, communication access, and transportation expenses.

Who are the students?

Transition to Work students are Deaf and hard of hearing residents of Massachusetts who are currently enrolled in high school or college in educational and/or vocational programs.  Our students come from all areas of the state; they are mostly young adults although, on occasion, we have adults who are re-entering the workforce.

All Transition to Work students are eager to succeed in this summer internship having applied and competed to participate in the program.

What are the dates?

Any time between June 9th through September 26, 2014.

What are the duties of a job coach?

Job Coaches assist the Transition to Work program in identifying and developing possible internship placements for students based on their career goals. They meet with students initially to create goals and develop a plan to achieve them, and accompany students to their placement when necessary for the purpose of general training and mentoring.

Job Coaches also check in with students weekly to determine if students’ goals are being met and to identify and resolve any barriers to success.

Finally, they collaborate with appropriate community agencies to connect students to additional resources as needed.

Where can I get more information?

Kristin Johnson
Program Coordinator
Kristin.Johnson2@MassMail.State.MA.US


This information is provided by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.