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Carrie Roberts
Partners for Employment Education and Outreach Manager

Marcy Hintz
School-to-Work Transition Lead/Statewide Project SEARCH Coordinator

Rebecca Roybal
Training and Technical Assistance Program Manager

School to Work Transition

Studies have shown that transition for students with disabilites can be successful when systems work together while a student is in high school (Taylor, Morgan & Callow-Heusser, 2016). Toward that end, Partners for Employment facilitates collaboration, training, and program development for school-to-work professionals across New Mexico.

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.  Learn more about our six sites across New Mexico.

Senate Memorial 25 Report

In 2016, at the request of former New Mexico Senator Michael Padilla, the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) and the UNM Center for Development and Disabilities/Partners for Employment convened a task force to assess needs and develop recommendations to address barriers to effective school-to-work transition for youth with disabilities. In December 2016, their report was submitted to the New Mexico Legislature.  Read the findings and recommendations of the report here.  

School-to-Work Transition Teams (SWTT)

PFE facilitates School-to-Work Transition Teams (SWT) in ten communities throughout New Mexico, supporting local efforts to improve employment outcomes for young adults  with intellectual and developmental disabilities and increase school-to-work interagency collaboration. Email to learn more about joining a team in your area.

Family Transition Resource Guide

A rich, user-friendly resource guide for families, advocates, teachers, and mentors who are supporting the transition to adulthood of youth with disabilities.  Email for a hard copy or download it here: English | Español

School-to-Work Trainings and Conferences

Partners for Employment provides trainings and an annual conference highlighting best practices in school-to-work transition.  Past trainings and conference topics have addressed the goals and provisions of WIOA, tools for effective collaboration, strategies for parent engagement, and ideas for connecting students and families to adult services. Partners for Employment also provides intensive, certification-track training to job coaches and job developers directly involved in the employment of youth and adults with disabilities.  Check out the calendar of upcoming Partners for Employment trainings and conferences.

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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.