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Start on Success: Community-based work experience through paid internships (VCU Center on Transition Innovations, CTI)


Through collaboration between students, families, schools, community agencies, and employers, Start on Success (SOS) provides high school students with IEPs who are pursuing standard diplomas with a high quality work-based learning experience. Selected students enroll in a credit-bearing Career and Technical Education (CTE) course and then participate in a paid internship at a local business with an assigned mentor to assist with problem-solving, accommodations, and applying workplace readiness skills.

In Virginia, over seventy-five percent of SOS graduates engage in postsecondary education and training, military, and/or employment.


After High School Employment High School Transition