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Netherlands Group Tours SCOE Programs

Visitors Gather Information on Successful Transition Services

Mike Laharty speaking with visitors

Mike Laharty (right), Vocational Specialist at Palmiter High Sc​​hool, speaks with visitors.

On March 12, a group of educators from the Netherlands visited Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) programs to gather information about efforts that help students with disabilities overcome barriers and assist in their transition to work.

The visit was coordinated by the California Department of Rehabilitation, with whom SCOE collaborates on a Transition Partnership Program (TPP). The goal of TPP is to help students as they move out of Special Education and into a career. The program involves decision-making skills, interest assessment, career exploration, and job preparation. The students involved receive career guidance and support from program staff, participate in on-the-job training, and receive additional job development services as needed.

"Our transition service is one of SCOE's highlights because of the population we serve and the creative programs we offer," said SCOE Vocational Specialist Mike Laharty.

The group toured several Regional Occupational Program (ROP) sites at the Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School campus, including SCOE's culinary and sustainable environments programs.

Kevin Jordan showing visitors plants inside a greenhouse

ROP/CTE Teacher Kevin Jordan discusses Palmiter High School's sustainable environments program.

Student pouring tea from a pitcher

Visitors enjoyed lunch at Palmiter High School's Culinary Café.