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Transition Program


Pepin Academies Transition is a comprehensive individualized program of vocationally based training in conjunction with life and job readiness courses, designed for young adults ages 18 to 22 who have an identified learning or learning-related disability and have deferred receipt of their high school diploma to continue their education beyond the traditional 24 credit diploma. This program is state funded and is provided at no cost to the student.

Our mission at Pepin Academies Transition Program is to create a high intensity, low threat therapeutic learning community that celebrates the gifts of every student. Our vision is to prepare students to meet the academic, social, and emotional challenges encountered in everyday life, while providing them with the necessary skills to successfully complete pre-vocational training and ultimately transition to a rewarding career.

We currently have various pre-vocational job-site opportunities that allow hands-on, real world training. In addition to on-site job skill training, we have classes that focus on career exploration and preparation, social emotional functioning skills, self-determination and self-advocacy skills, and independent functioning skills for adult living.

Our program is committed to providing the opportunity for students to have real-world experiences through pre-vocational training at various job sites, including the Hillsborough County Public Defender’s Office, Publix Supermarkets, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa Police Department, City of Tampa, Well Built Bikes at University Mall, food service at Raymond James Stadium, Advent Health, The Florida Aquarium, Glazer Children’s Museum, Tampa Sports Authority golf course, Ferman Chevrolet, and childcare at Academy Kids Learning Center. Various pre-vocational experiences allow our students to have real work training with ongoing support and supervision from our Job Coaches, ESE Teacher and Transition Director.

Pepin Academies Transition Program is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 academic year! Please contact us regarding any questions about deferment of diploma, available services for your students based on their current IEP, and any general questions about the Pepin Academies Transition Program. We look forward to working with you and helping to make your transition from school to the workforce successful.

Janae Kaptan
Transition Director
Pepin Academies