Program Description:

The Transition ERIE Program services high school youth with disabilities ages 16-21.

The program provides workforce readiness training throughout an experience within Goodwill of Northeast Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

A Transition ERIE staff member or job coach provides hands-on instruction in the following workforce areas:
  • Clerical
  • Food Services
  • Housekeeping
  • Customer Service
  • Production


Participants will be capable of obtaining and maintaining employment.

Clients Served

Program Acceptance Criteria

A student can attend the Transition ERIE Program if s/he meets all of the following criteria:
  • Presently enrolled in an academic program or high school
  • Age 16 to 21
  • Have a physical, cognitive, emotional or social disability
  • Have an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Have independent personal hygiene and grooming skills
  • Have independent toileting and feeding skills
  • An absence of severe, disruptive and/or violent behavior problems
  • Ability to learn in a small group environment without one-on-one supervision
  • Have the desire to explore work skills training

How can you access this service?

Referrals will be made to Goodwill of Northeast Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania’s Transition Services Department from school districts, private schools, Intermediate Units and other appropriate service providers.

The referral source will complete the Transition ERIE referral form and return it to the Transition ERIE Supervisor three weeks before the start date.

Any questions can be directed to (814)273-3475.


Admission Criteria

Goodwill of Northeast Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania will:
  • Determine eligibility based on predetermined acceptance criteria and information received from the referral form and referring agency
  • Notify the referring agency and student of the acceptance status and provide the required intake paperwork

The referring agency will:
  • Complete the Transition Erie referral form
  • Provide current IEP and/or ER

Submit required paperwork during the enrollment period prior to the students start date:

  • Consent for Emergency Treatment/Emergency Contact Forms
  • Signed contract between funding source and Goodwill Industries
  • Student Contract
  • Parent/Guardian and School Agreement
  • HIPAA Authorization
  • Authorization and Consent to Photograph form

** Please note: Blank information will not be accepted. N/A or a solid line will be acceptable. **