When Jessica began her time in the Winston Transitions program she had lingering difficulties with reading comprehension and processing information. Jessica and her family were unsure of what the next best step for her was after high school. When it came down to it, Jessica needed more time.
Jessica’s Transitions program centered around continuing to strengthen her academic skills and self-confidence, while providing a variety of opportunities to discover what the next best step was for her. Initially, Jessica felt as though college was the next best step, but soon after she began taking a Landmark College WPS supported online course, she realized that her struggles with the comprehension may prove too great for a college curriculum. As Jessica began her second semester in the Transitions program the emphasis on increasing academic readiness continued; however, an additional emphasis was placed on preparing Jessica for a career. Through many discussions, feedback sessions and goal setting activities it became clear to Jessica that she truly enjoys helping others and was drawn to the health care profession. As such, she began the second year interning at Lenox Hill Hospital in the pre- and post- surgery department wherein she worked closely with the nursing staff and more importantly the patients. She was provided opportunities to work with the organizational side of a hospital, by keeping track of patient binders and filing, but she also was able to do more hands-on tasks, such as taking people’s blood pressure and completing pre- surgery interviews. Based on significant progress in her academic skills and internship experience, Jessica is now preparing to enter an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification course in the fall and will be working at a day camp for the summer.