Preparing for Life After High School

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) provide resources for students with disabilities to explore employment and education options in a wide range of settings.

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About Pre-Employment Transition Services

Pre-ETS provides meaningful career planning for students with disabilities to help with the seamless movement from high school to employment or post-secondary training.

Pre-ETS addresses five core services:

  • Job exploration counseling, which includes discussing students’ vocational interests, reviewing local labor market and in-demand industries and occupations, exploring non-traditional employment options and identifying career pathways of interest.
  • Work-based learning experiences such as apprenticeships and job shadowing, paid and non-paid internships and/or work experiences, informational interviews and volunteer opportunities.
  • Counseling on postsecondary opportunities, which includes discussing career pathways, attending college fairs and tours, and accessing disability services and supports.
  • Workplace readiness training, which helps students develop communication, problem solving and other specific social and interpersonal skills, as well as independent living skills.
  • Instruction in self-advocacy, including building self-awareness, disclosure of disability and knowing individual rights and responsibilities.

As of January 2020, school partners include Anthis Career Center, Carroll High School, Columbia City High School, Homestead High School, North Side High School, Northrop High School, Snider High School, South Side High School, Wayne High School, and Whitko High School.

Pre-ETS is also offered through Dream Teens, a program offered during summer, winter, and spring breaks.


Any student age 14 to 22 with an IEP or 504 plan is eligible for Pre-Employment Transition Services.

Service Locations

Easterseals Arc

For more information about enrolling in services, please contact Mary Ali at or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

4919 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


Easterseals Passages

For more information about enrolling in services, please contact Mary Ali at or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

333 N Oak St, Columbia City, IN 46725


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