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Postsecondary Transition Program

Postsecondary Transition Program
St. John Fisher University
Postsecondary Transition Program
St. John Fisher University
James Alesi Building
Rochester, NY 14618-3597
Program Contact Dr. Whitney Rapp
Program Contact Email
Phone 585-899-3718
Website Program website

This is a program for 18-21 year old students supported by the Brighton (NY), West Irondequoit (NY) and Webster School (NY) districts. Students are provided specially designed instruction to develop skills in 3 areas: earning, learning, and living. A person centered planning approach is used as well as the framework of the Life Centered Career Education Curriculum.

Program information submitted: July 14, 2022

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 24
School district or agency partner: Brighton Central, West Irondequoit, and Webster School districts
Contact person: Deanna Spagnola (, Amy Donk (, Andy Maillet (
Deadline to apply to this program: Per CSE
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-21
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Variety based on student need - this program does not exclude students based on their disability
Program length: 2 years
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Local School District funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

<p>Independent Living classes such as transportation, community based instruction on budgeting, etc.</p>

Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: NY State Career Development and Occupational Studies credential
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes