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School to Work Transition

Career Pathways Internship Program

In collaboration with NM DVR and Workforce Development, PFE coordinates an internship program at five sites statewide for high school students with disabilities, and other at-risk youth.

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a one-year school-to-work internship program for youth with disabilities, ages 18-22, that prepares them for competitive employment in integrated settings. Use same formatting as the Job-ING listing.

School-to-Work Transition Alliance (SWTA)

Facilitated by PFE, SWTA is a collaborative effort to develop and improve inclusive and competitive employment outcomes of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities transitioning from school to work in New Mexico.

Click the SWTA tab above for more information!

School-to-Work Transition Teams (SWT Teams)

PFE coordinates School-to-Work Transition Teams in nine communities throughout New Mexico to support local efforts to improve employment outcomes for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and increase school-to-work interagency collaboration.

The School to Work Transition Alliance (SWTA)

The School to Work Transition Alliance (SWTA) is a collaborative effort to develop and improve inclusive and competitive employment outcomes of young adults with intellectual disabilities transitioning from school to work in New Mexico.  SWTA meets quarterly with key stakeholders to identify barriers and make recommendations to increase and promote the availability of post-secondary and employment best practice models.

For more information, contact Rebecca Roybal, 505-925-0898,

Senate Memorial 25 Information

SWTA Meeting Minutes

Resources for SWTA Subcommittees

LEAD Center Policy Brief – Summary Description from a Disability Perspective – Final Rule Implementing Title I of WIOA

Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) offers training, clinical, and employment services, conducts research, and provides assistance to organizations to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities.

National Collaborative on Workforce Disability (NSWD-Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth.

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition’s (NTACT) purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies and VR service providers in implementing evidenced-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.

Partnerships in Employment is a national transition systems change project whose purpose is to identify, develop and promote policies and practices to improve transition, post-secondary and competitive employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Success Stories

Alex's Success Story

Learn more about Alex, his Discovery process, and his success in attaining a customized job.

Brian's New Job

Follow Brian's path to employment success via his Project SEARCH internship.

Diana's Success Story

Learn about Diana's care providers, family, and life on Taos Pueblo, as she shares her experience in becoming employed.

David's Success Story

Meet David and his CFC team, and join him on his journey to employment by discovering his talents, skills, and passions.

Customizing a Job for David

David is a kind, gentle, active person who found successful customized employment with a local hair salon. His coworkers enjoy his positive attitude and strong work ethic, and consider him to be a valued member of the team.

Judy's Success Story

Meet Judy, an artist whose team helped her identify her muse, which led to a path of successful employment.