Life Skills/Transition Program


The educational goal for every student at Madonna School is to become an active participant and contributing member of society.  In order for our students to achieve this, the curriculum must extend beyond the classroom into the surrounding community to ensure the development of critical daily living skills, such as how to cross a street, purchase items in a store, or work in a business or industry setting. 

Madonna U: Our Transition Center

The Transition Center, “Madonna U,” is for young adults ages 18-21 needing assistance in acquiring both life skills and jobs skills.  

First-hand experiences teach skills they will need to have a job including: using a cash register, computer, and doing custodial work.

The apartment setting in the school provides excellent opportunities for learning life skills including: how to cook, clean, do dishes, and make a bed.

Job coaches are available to assist the students in completing applications, role-playing an interview, and accompanying students as they begin their new jobs. The job coach stays with them until the student shows that he/she no longer needs assistance.

Components of the Life Skills/Transition Program

Recreation and Leisure:

  • fitness program at YMCA

  • off-campus experiences

Employability (job shadowing):

  • 2 – 3 groups of students visit businesses to learn different job skills

  • Experiences have included, Arby’s, Home Depot, Pet Smart, Mulhull’s Nursery, HyVee, Bergan Mercy Hospital and Rotella’s Bakery

Art & Music: Enjoyment is found in “hands on activities”

Functional Academic Activities:

  • basic addition/subtraction

  • money & time management

  • keyboarding

Independent Living Skills Activities:

  • grooming and hygiene skills

  • wellness & nutrition

  • housekeeping skills

Vocational/Transition Activities:

  • community experience/mobility

  • learning basic job tasks

  • placement in competitive employability


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