The Threshold Program's Transition Year coursework is a balance between independent living and workplace skills. Courses are both classroom and hands-on.
Independent-Living Advisors visit students weekly. The advisor helps students apply the skills they learned during the two-year core program, including:
Advising is offered both individually and in small-group meetings.
The goal for students is to work in a paid job in their field of study. The Job Placement Specialist helps students do that and deal with work issues.Focus is placed on:
The most important goal is to help students use the skills they need to succeed at their new jobs.
Transition Year begins with a nine-day seminar in early June on campus. Through workshops and structured follow-up activities, students focus on:
When the June Seminar ends, students will have a survival kit for use when they return to the program. Students will also take home assignments to complete over the summer.
1. Job ClubThis course helps students living in apartments to manage their time, including:
Students must go to the classes on Monday mornings until they have a job.Students learn the importance of:
There are in-class discussions and hands-on tasks. Students get and give job tips and support. Field trips to Career Source are a part of class activities. Students also complete an electronic job-search journal each week.
2. Learning to Make Decisions Through Young-Adult Literature and FilmStudents read two books and view films. Discussions about them help students make decisions about their new, independent lives. Students also learn to budget for and plan trips. Working in groups helps to make decisions.
3. Connecting through TechnologyStudents use technology to:
4. Service Learning
Students also have the opportunity to explore and develop a service-learning project as a group by the end of the program.
Learning, Working, and Living Well: Social Issues for People with Special NeedsThis course is about issues related to people with disabilities. Students learn about intellectual, physical, and emotional diversity. Students also learn how living with different abilities can affect:
The course covers:
To take this course, students must be graduates of the two-year core program. They also must have approval from the Director of the Threshold Program.
Limited financial aid is available from the University. For further information on University financial aid, and to receive the resource brochure Financing Your Education, please contact the Lesley University Financial Aid Office or by calling 617.349.8581.
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