Branch Out Transition Program

CONTACT US

150 Marie Avenue East
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Phone: 651-403-8510
Fax: 651-403-8562

STAFF

Rachel Johnston
Special Education Coordinator
651-403-7017
rachel.johnston@isd197.org 

Susan McIntosh
Special Education Case Manager 
651-403-8513 | susan.mcintosh@isd197.org

Sam Alliegro
Special Education Case Manager 
651-403-8519 | Samuel.Alliegro@Isd197.org

Nancy Coffeen
Work Coordinator
651-403-8512
nancy.coffeen@isd197.org

Renee Tatroe
School Psychologist
651-403-7210
renee.tatroe@isd197.org

Jennifer Veenendall
Lead OT and AT Specialist
651-403-8516
jennifer.veenendall@isd197.org

 

Branch Out is individualized, student-driven programming focusing on the areas of transition for students with disabilities. Entrance into the Branch Out program is an IEP team decision, and students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have not graduated from high school
  • Are ages 18 to 21 years old
  • Have an Individual Education Plan (IEP)

Students and their IEP teams identify competencies for further growth in the three areas of transition:

  • Employment and job training
  • Independent Living
  • Post-Secondary Education

PROMOTING GROWTH

The Branch Out Transition Program promotes growth through:

  • Increasing self knowledge and advocacy: Learners work with trusted adults/peers to articulate personal strengths and challenges.
  • Providing learning opportunities through seminars: Representatives from various organizations speak to students on topics such as budgeting, banking, employment, transportation, community involvement, housing, etc
  • Creating community experiences: Students gather monthly for recreation and conversation.
  • Accessing education/job training opportunities: Plan (IEP) Formal learning experiences are offered to students as they explore vocational interests.

INDIVIDUAL GROWTH PLAN

A young adult enters Branch Out with a graduation plan and an IEP that identifies skills needed to reach future goals. A program is designed to meet this individual’s requirements for graduation from high school based on transition needs. Completion of requirements for transition IEP goals can occur at any age.

The IEP team is expanded to assure that the youth is connected to community and career opportunities. Vocational rehabilitation services and Dakota County Social Service providers are included as team members to support self-determination, employment and independent living skills after graduation.