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Employability and Transition

Since 1971, Hill Top has been preparing students who learn differently to succeed in their post-secondary academic endeavors. However, we have heard from alumni and parents that many students would like more instruction in the soft skills that employers desire in new hires today. The on and off-campus opportunities focus on developing the 21st century skills:

  • Communication
  • Work Ethic
  • Team Work
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Risk-taking
  • Empathy

The classroom/transition skills portion of the course focuses on study and practical living skills:

  • Note-taking
  • Time Management
  • Self Advocacy and Awareness
  • Wellness
  • Money Management
  • Transportation
  • Community Awareness
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Career Exploration

The Employability and Transition course prepares Hill Top graduates to be successful students and employees.

This year long course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain independence, improve life skills, and be better prepared for their transition from high school. Classroom topics include money management, pre-employability skills, wellness, time management, personal safety, public transportation and more. The class is largely experiential with students spending 2 days per week on the on-campus worksite (the EPC Center) practicing work-place skills. Students have the opportunity to put those skills to work in the community at the annual Hill Top Golf Outing and at the EPC Creations Pop-Up stores.
This year-long course is two periods per day. Students will gain supervised, off-campus work experience 2 days per week, which includes opportunities to learn and practice communication, interpersonal and task specific skills. When on campus, they focus on career planning: job interest inventories, resume and cover letter writing, and job search. In addition, this course focuses on presentation skills, self awareness (i.e. LD research and understanding), community resources and more.  Students in ETII are able to use their off-campus work experience to fulfill their graduation project requirement.
This year long course is three periods per day. Students demonstrate increased independence with an off-campus work experience 2-3 days per week. When on campus, students fulfill the requirements for Human Development, build upon their practical daily living skills, and hone their presentation, writing, and study skills.