New!! Collier Community Transition Program

New!! Collier Community Transition Program
Posted on 10/17/2019
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NEW!! Collier Youth Services Exploring Potential Empowering Careers (EPEC) is a Community Transition program accredited by the Department of Education, located in its own facility on our beautiful 260-acre Wickatunk campus. 

The EPEC program serves students, ages 14-21, who have completed all of their high school graduation requirements but have not received their high school diploma because they continue to need support in enhancing their professional skills, college and/or vocational preparedness, and life-skills to increase independence and employability. Students have an IEP and rise to meet great challenges each day, which may include depression, anxiety, poor socialization skills/isolation, oppositional/defiant behavior, discouragement/low motivation, school refusal, attention and adjustment difficulties. 

EPEC is a highly customized program that works with students on meeting their specific needs. Students participate in a comprehensive career interest and values assessment to establish their targeted goals. Eligible students are offered Structured Learning Experiences (SLE) that place them in on - or off- campus jobs best suited to their career interests. They receive extensive coaching and job-skill development to help them achieve success after high school.

EPEC students also have access to:

  • Safety Training
  • Social Skills Groups
  • Individualized Therapeutic Support
  • Lessons in time management, budgeting, professionalism, etc.
  • Post Graduate Consultation including college applications
  • Vocational Classes
  • Community college courses through Dual Enrollment programs


For more information, contact Cindy D’Arcy at 732-946-4771 x207 or 
cdarcy@collieryouthservices.org.