Transition Programs


Project SEARCH


Project SEARCH is a one-year transition program that provides training and education leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. The program occurs on-site at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph, which has the commitment to support people with disabilities in the workplace. Participants must be 18 years old and provide their own transportation. 


Click HERE for more information about Project SEARCH! 

If you have any questions, contact Beth Helm.



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Off to College

Off to College is a free high school program designed by Berrien RESA and Lake Michigan College to help students prepare for their future.  During their junior and senior years, students will participate in monthly seminars at Lake Michigan College, Niles, or Benton Harbor campus. The seminars will focus on the skills needed to be successful in college. 

For more information about OTC, contact Julie Hess.



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Seal of Employability

A Seal of Employability (SOE) represents an alternative pathway for high school special education students who, even with a Personal Curriculum, supplementary aids and services, modifications and/or accommodations and special education programming, are unable to meet the Michigan requirements for a high school diploma. 

For more information about SOE, contact Sandy Asmus.

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Social Coaching

Social Coaching is a collaboration between Berrien RESA and Andrews University (AU.) The program is designed for students ages 18-26, and incorporates social skills lessons and social outings, with AU students serving as social coaches. The program is held on the AU campus in Berrien Springs.

For more information about Social Coaching, contact Beth Helm.


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Contact Information

Sandy Asmus
Sandy Asmus
Accountability and Transition Coordinator
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 1348
Fax: 269-471-0314
sandra.asmus@berrienresa.org
Beth Helm
Beth Helm
Accountability and Transition Coordinator
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 1185
Fax: 269-471-0314
beth.helm@berrienresa.org

Julie Hess
Julie Hess
Accountability and Transition Coordinator
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 1247
Fax: 269-471-0314
julie.hess@berrienresa.org

Craig Blasko
Craig Blasko
Supervisor of Ancillary Services
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 1357
Fax: 269-471-0314
craig.blasko@berrienresa.org

 

 

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