Community-Based Transition Services

Services for young adults who:

  • Are 18-21 years old with an IEP.
  • Need additional, individualized instruction to achieve their post-secondary goals in employment, education/training, and independent living.

What is Community Based Transition (CBT)?

Community Based Transition (CBT) is an option after the comprehensive high school experience that provides transition services for students/young adults receiving special education services between the ages of 18-21 years old. These services align with the student’s age-appropriate transition assessment, post-secondary goals, and course of study outlined in their IEP. CBT’s primary mission is to assist participants toward independence in daily living tasks, community access, career exploration, linkage to local, state, and federal agencies, and future employment.

How do I get more information about CBT?

You or your student’s case manager can invite a member of CBT Staff to attend an IEP meeting to discuss the option of attending CBT services. Once a year, there is a CBT Open House held, usually in the spring. Additionally, CBT directors can be reached via phone or email.

Current CBT Partnerships and Internship Sites Include:

  • L ’Arche Tahoma Hope
  • McLendon’s Hardware Store
  • Pierce Transit
  • Metro Parks Tacoma
  • Tacoma Public Schools Library Services
  • Tacoma Public Schools Cafeteria Services
  • PAVE- Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment

Young adults learn to use the bus as gateway to independence

CONFIDENT: Community-Based Transition interns find pride at work

CBT Class of 2022 Graduation

Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m.

Professional Development Center Auditorium 
6501 N 23rd St
Tacoma, WA 98406

Ceremony Information

Contact Us

Lara K. Adams
Assistant Director Ladams2@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Megan Nelson
Director mnelson@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Career-based transitions McLendon Hardware

CBT Interns Receive

  • Access a variety of support options.
  • Individualized post-secondary plans and outcomes.
  • Specially designed instruction in functional academics.
  • Opportunity to participate in internships with job-coaching support.
  • Access the Tacoma community via various leisure and recreation activities.
  • Links to various adult service and support agencies.