Pre-EmploymentTransition Services


  • Students who are enrolled in a secondary, postsecondary, or other recognized education program
  • Students who are no younger than the earliest age for the provision of transition services under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); and/or Washington Administrative Code in relation to “appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education”
    • Typically ages 16 through 21
  • Students who are eligible for, and receiving, special education or related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), or are individuals with a disability, for purposes of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
    • Students who have an IEP, a 504 plan, or a documented disability
    • Referrals are made through your local DVRS office

What are Pre-Employment Transition Services?

  • Pre-ETS are a coordinated set of activities, designed with an outcome-oriented process, which promotes movement from school to post-school activities organized in collaboration with local school staff;
  • Available to enhance and support secondary education transition planning, not replace or supplant transition requirements;
  • Intended to work toward alignment of the student’s IEP and/or High School and Beyond Plan goals;
  • Coordinated activities that are based upon the individual student’s needs, taking into account the student’s skills, abilities, preferences and interests;
  • Must be provided on the basis of individual need
  • The five required pre-employment transition services are not mandated to be provided to each student with a disability if all the activities are not necessary; and services that support the student’s informed choice for participation

OSYES - Out-Of-School Youth Employment Services

Can I still participate in Pre-ETS components if I am no longer in school?

Yes. Youth with disabilities, age 16 through 24 who are not in school, can get Out-of-School Youth Employment Services (OSYES). By developing your job skills and helping you plan a career path, Out-of-School Youth Employment Services can assist you on the path to self-sufficiency. Like Pre-ETS, OSYES does NOT include job development or job placement . Below,  is the list of the 5 components/services available .

What Pre-Employment transition services are available?

Job Exploration

Students explore the world of work and learn more about their interests, abilities and future goals.


Students develop the skills necessary to flourish in work and everyday life.

Work-based Learning

Students have the opportunity to gain work experience prior to graduation.

Workplace Readiness Training

Students learn what it takes to work in the real world, including job-related independent living skills.

Post-secondary Education Counseling

Students receive guidance on how to gain education and/or technical training past high school.