This topic has helpful resources for the transition from secondary education into adult life.
ACT Adult Community Transition Program
The ACT Program is part of the Anchorage School District. The ACT program is a post-secondary community-based instructional program for adult students (18 to 21 years old) needing additional transitional support after completing the required core credits at their neighborhood school.
AKCIS Career Planning Tool
The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, offers AKCIS – a free online tool. AKCIS is a free online program with college/career planning activities; allowing students to develop a personal portfolio account to plan and track education and career plans. This website houses many other resources on planning and financial aid.
AKCIS Junior- 5th-8th Grade Career Planning Tool
The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, offers AKCIS Jr. – a free online tool for 5th - 8th-grade students and classrooms. AKCIS Jr. is a free online program with college/career planning activities and simple instructions, allowing students to develop a personal portfolio account to plan and track education and career plans. This website houses many other resources on planning and financial aid.
Alaska Career Ready
Alaska Career Ready is a joint effort between the Departments of Labor and Workforce Development and Education and Early Development that allows students and adult job-seekers to evaluate their readiness for work, college, and occupational training and to improve their basic skills valued by employers and educators.
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
This Alaska State website has information on loans, scholarships, grants, exploring career options, and a money-smart video series.
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Vocational Rehabilitation
DVR helps Alaskans with disabilities get and keep good jobs. It has transition tools for teachers, parents, and students. Referral information for these programs: DVR,
JOBZ Club, and Summer Work Program.
Alaska State School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Alaska State School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides pre-k through 12th-grade educational options for deaf and hard of hearing students that fosters and supports the development of both American Sign Language and English. They offer the Transition Readiness Class designed to assist secondary Deaf and hard of hearing students with their individualized post-secondary plan.
Alaska Transition Handbook Pathway to Adulthood & Employment
An in-depth resource on transition is provided by the State of Alaska, the Department of Health and Social Services, and the Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education.
Alaska Transition Outcome Project
This site has Educator, Parent, and Student Portals. It uses Webinars to educate on Transition Resources.
Alaska Jobs-The Alaska Labor Exchange SystemJob Seekers: Get help selecting a new career, finding a new job, and locating suitable education or training. Create automated job searches that will email notifications of new job openings.
Americans with Disabilities Act
A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment.
Apprenticeship.gov (U.S. Department of Labor)
Explore this site for apprenticeship opportunities in Alaska or out of state.
Bridge, Fairbanks School District
The mission of BRIDGE is to assist young adults with developmental disabilities in gaining skills, knowledge, and appropriate behaviors to become successful individuals, citizens, and workers in the community.
CITC Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation
CITC’s Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation program (TVR) assists Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities in gaining or maintaining employment.
Do-It Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology
DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs such as those in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. DO-IT is a collaboration of UW Information and Technology and the Colleges of Engineering and Education at the University of Washington.
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The free application for Federal Student Aid. This is a necessary step to apply for Pell grants and federal loans.
Job Corps (Palmer, Alaska)
Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. At Alaska Job Corps Center, we support the Job Corps program’s mission to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education. The maximum age limit may be waived if the applicant is a person with a documented disability. This is an income eligible program. There are dorms for on-campus living.
Next Step Program, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
The Next Step Program (NSP) prepares students to achieve a high level of independence as they prepare to enter adult life. Through a transition partnership with parents, program staff, and community resources, each student can achieve their greatest potential. The NSP is designed for students who have a current IEP and have participated in high school special education programs (i.e. self-contained/intensive resource and behavioral support programs).
Postsecondary Education Transition Manual for Students with Disabilities
A resource manual for Alaska students, families, secondary and post-secondary education school staff, and agencies.
This unique program provides real-life work experience to help young people with significant disabilities make transitions from school to adult life. There is an application process. Locations in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Central Peninsula, and Mat-Su.
Resume and Employment Guide for People with Disabilities
This site has examples of completed resumes in many fields, and a resume builder. It has job-related resources also.
Scholarships and Resources for Students With Disabilities
This website is sponsored by STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service) and showcases 40 scholarship opportunities for students with disabilities, along with a set of valuable resources and support groups to further help throughout the student's college and career journey. This site is not sponsored or endorsed by the Anchorage School District.
State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
The Department of Labor website has many topics on employment services.
Stone Soup Group
SSG can help parents and young adults gain greater independence through activities and services.
Students with Disabilities Guide to Healthcare Degrees
A resource guide for students with disabilities, pursuing a Healthcare Degree.
Tapestry at UAA (Center for Human Development)
The purpose of the TAPESTRY Postsecondary Transition Program is to provide students (ages 18 to 26) with a disability with postsecondary college experience to develop their self-advocacy skills, social skills, and engage in career exploration that leads to employment in a career field or enrollment in a postsecondary educational program.
U.S. Department of Education
A guide for students with disabilities preparing for Postsecondary Education.
University of Alaska Anchorage Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services (DSS) empowers, supports, and advocates for students who experience disabilities by partnering with the university community in the provision of equal access to all curricular and co-curricular programs, facilities, services, and activities. New student checklist and information on DSS eligibility and accommodations.