What is TAP?
The Transition Alliance Program (TAP) is a partnership between Cedar Falls Schools and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS). TAP was established in 1998 to provide assistance to eligible youth who require additional support as they become productive citizens within our community. TAP participants receive assistance in the areas of vocational, educational and life skills services. Before participating in TAP, an individual must be eligible for IVRS services and a student at Cedar Falls High School. TAP helps participants develop positive work skills in order to find and keep employment. TAP also provides follow-up services to assure job success and ongoing support until participants reach age 25.
Who does TAP influence?
TAP helps current and former students make the transition from high school to college, and/or the work force. TAP currently serves 122 students and adults between the ages of 16-24.
How it works:
Individuals are usually referred to TAP due to barrier(s) that set them back from becoming an independent in society including physical impairments and mental health conditions. TAP takes every individual’s needs into consideration implements a plan to help them take the steps to achieve their future goals and aspirations.
Why choose TAP?
Benefits to Students
Services provide students the individualized attention needed to address special needs and develop realistic goals.
One-on-one counseling is provided for career and educational opportunities.
Emphasis is placed on education and development of job seeking skills.
Assistance in locating and maintaining employment.
High school credit for participation in TAP may be utilized.
Year-round support is available.
Focus on continued development
Benefits to Employers
Businesses are provided access to:
Qualified and pre-screened employees
Cost savings through:
Work Opportunity Tax credits
On-the-job training monies to offset salary costs during initial training period
Job training/coaching provided
Reduced turnover and absenteeism.
Follow along and follow-up services provided by TAP staff to assist in employee and employer support.
Positive community image:
Community is able to see businesses commitment to hiring area youth.
Benefits to Educators
Involvement in school planning as part of a student’s team to assist with transition services.
Follow along with students as they exit high school and enter post-secondary training and/or the world of work.
Assist in providing encouragement, support and monitoring year-round as individuals pursue life goals.
Connect school-based learningand workplace success.
Training: On-the-job and academic
Independent Living Skills
Paid Work Sites
Follow along for one year after employment
Follow up and monitoring until age 25
Individualized services based on each participant’s wants and needs to assist in their transition from youth to adult life.
TRANSITION ALLIANCE PROGRAM
3809 Cedar Heights Drive
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613