Transitional Services

THG’s North Hills Prep places great emphasis upon transition to post-graduation success. Students who graduate with a clear idea of their next step typically do better in the future. Planning for that future while in high school is crucial.

In addition to the practical, social and emotional aspects of transition that our counselors provide to students, THG’s North Hills Prep has several specific Transition opportunities available:

Career Cruising
THG’s North Hills Prep offers Career Cruising, a software program geared to assist both students and their parents in exploring career options and planning post high-school goals. Each student at THG’s North Hills Prep is given a Career Cruising account and portfolio at no additional cost. The site offers assessment tools, detailed occupation profiles, and comprehensive post-secondary education information. It also has an SAT/ACT preparation component.

Funded by the California State Department of Education, the Workability program assists special education students with transition to employment. In addition to coaching on interviewing skills, resume writing, behavioral expectations, and job interests, the Workability Job Club counselor assists in placing students into training positions.

Department of Rehabilitation
Students can be referred to the State Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). Its mission is to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR can continue to work with the student throughout their adulthood, tailoring a program to the student’s particular employment goals. DOR services include:
  • Counseling and guidance;
  • Referrals and assistance to get services for other agencies;
  • Job search and placement assistance;
  • Vocational and other training services;
  • Evaluation on physical and mental impairments;
  • On-the-job or personal assistance services;
  • Interpreter services;
  • Occupational licenses, tools, equipment, initial stocks, and supplies;
  • Technical assistance for self-employment;
  • Rehabilitation assistive technology;
  • Supported employment services;
  • Services to the family;
  • Transportation as required, such as travel and related expenses, that is necessary to enable the student to participate in a vocational rehabilitation service.

College Fair
The Help Group hosts an annual college fair which attracts colleges and universities from across the nation. Admission representatives are on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding their programs and can arrange tours upon request. Colleges and universities represented over the years include USC, Occidental College, Chapman College, UCLA, UC Irvine, University of Arizona, Cal Poly Pomona, CSUN, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Channel Islands, Mitchell College, Curry College, and Loyola Marymount College.

College and University Applications
THG’s North Hills Prep provides full assistance to students with their college and university applications, including FAFSAs (financial aid applications).

Pierce College, Valley College, Santa Monica City College, Mission College, College of the Canyon Field Trips
THG’s North Hills Prep provides field trips each year to each of the local community colleges. In addition to touring the schools, we make contact with the special services departments at each school to open a pathway for assistance once students are enrolled. Assistance may include priority registration, tutoring, note taking, and other services formerly provided on the student’s IEP.

Career Day
Career Day is an annual event at NHP. Representatives from community colleges, vocational schools, the military, and private enterprise make presentations and answer student questions. This is an excellent opportunity for students to explore their options for the future. Past participants have included Pierce, Valley, and Mission Colleges; North and West Valley Occupational Center, Western Beauty Institute; Le Cordon Bleu; U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard; The Art Institute; The Musician’s Institute; and Preferred College of Nursing.