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Transition Services

The Arc of Rensselaer County assists high school students with the transition from high school to post graduation.
The Arc of Rensselaer County has a proud tradition of partnering with local school districts to offer innovative options for students with disabilities as they prepare to transition to life after high school. Our staff work with school personnel to provide person-centered transition planning to help young people develop a direction as they move into adulthood. Students learn about the work world directly from the business community through job tours and shadowing, internships and paid employment during their last few years of high school. In addition to learning job skills, young people learn many of the “soft skills” critical to long-term success in employment. Students interested in continuing their education after high school are provided assistance in preparing for college or trade school with activities such as completing college applications, applying for financial aid, touring local campuses, class scheduling and accessing campus resources. Young people are also provided assistance making connections with adult service providers prior to graduation to insure consistent supports are available. Our staff are a source of expertise in translating NYS Education Department graduation guidelines into supports that result in quality young adult outcomes upon graduation.

College Next & College Now

Provide assistance in exploring post-secondary education.

Work Base Learning

Provide hands on educational opportunities to prepare individuals for the work force.

Connect to Services

Provide assistance to connect to appropriate adult service providers.

WIOA Youth Program

Provide job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market.

Testimonials and Success Stories

“They say the days are long, and the years are quick”

By Tracey Hempel
Associate Executive Director of Community Supports

April 29, 2016 will be my 20th Anniversary with The Arc of Rensselaer County; thankfully it’s also a Friday! I can say for certain that when I crossed over the river, I didn’t anticipate the journey that I was about to begin. We had 28 hour shifts back then, I was a floater (DSP) which meant I worked at every location, but Hoosick St., Detroit and Euclid Ave were places that I called home. They were the absolute joys of my work schedule; now that’s not to say that I didn’t love other place or people, but I had an undeniable, almost innate, connection with the people who lived in those places. I look back at those memories, like I do my childhood memories. For all intents and purposes, they could be because no place and no one person has defined me more than The Arc. Ok, maybe my kids and my husband have had a hand in shaping me too, but in three years, I will have been working at The Arc for half of my adult life. I would be lying if I told you that statement doesn’t impact me; I am who I am because of all of the people who I have crossed paths with over the years, all of the experiences they shared with me and the lessons that came along the way. For that, I am thankful.

(Tracey is shown in the picture above with Rob Beza in 1997)

Our Mission

Advocacy

The mission of The Arc of Rensselaer County is to advocate for the rights and safety of individuals of all ages who have an intellectual disability and/or a developmental disability or delay.

Resources

The Arc is a source of support, specialized knowledge, and available resources in assisting individuals and their families to meet their needs and goals.

Community

The Arc works to influence societal attitudes and governmental policy so that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to the services, assistance, and opportunities they need for personal growth and development, and participation in the community.

The Arc of Rensselaer County
79 102nd Street, Troy, NY 12180-1125
(518) 274-3110

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