Transition/ Vocation


Accotink Academy's Transition Program is designed to provide students with job sampling and work experiences that will help them develop and improve skill competence, self-esteem, and employment potential for their future. In addition the Department develops a coordinated goal-oriented program that assists students with their life planning after graduation from Accotink

Accotink Academy adheres to the Fair Labor Standards Act of the U.S. Department of Labor. In our training program, students receive an hourly stipend from Accotink Academy. Students may volunteer at school to meet their 100 hour community service requirement (DCPS only) for graduation. Volunteer opportunities are not paid.

The transition process starts when a student:

Is 14 or turns 14 during the IEP year and is reviewed annually. Our transition coordinator administers assessments to indicate the student learning style, life skills aptitude and career interest. Once the assessments are completed, a transition plan is then created in collaboration with the IEP and implemented through classroom accommodations. Career and job coaches are assigned to further implement the transition plan by creating opportunities for on- the- job training through our community based business partnerships. During their senior year, the students meet weekly on a 1:1 basis with a career coach to prepare for post-secondary education whether it is college or trade school. Assistance is provided with college applications and tours as well as job search and retention skills.  Students are referred to outside agencies such as RSA and VDARS to ensure progressive wrap around service teaming of our Academy to procure a successful future.

On The Job Training

The OJT Program allows students the opportunity to participate in internships in the community accompanied by Job Coaches. Students are linked to different sites that are specific to their transition goals to foster career awareness,  job training and social and emotional reinforcement.  This is an amazing catalyst to the Career ant Technical Education (CTE) offerings here at Accotink Academy.

  • Barbering - (VA Cert.)
  • Comp-Tia - (Computer Tech Cert.)
  • Culinary Arts - (Food Handler's Cert.)
  • Fashion Design & Textiles
  • Horticulture 
  • Microsoft Office Training - (Computer Tech Cert.)
  • Music Production & Engineering/ Media Broadcasting
  • Small Engine Repair - (EETC Cert. Two/ Four Stroke)
  • Click link to download CTE Brochure - Electives

Some of our OJT Employers are:

  • Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program
  • Flowers 'n Ferns
  • Kilroy's
  • Ledo Pizza
  • Shell
  • Subway