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Pasco Transition Center

The mission of the Pasco Transition Center (PTC) is to develop and enhance the vocational, social, and independent living skills of special education students as they transition from school to adult life as productive, independent, and engaged community members. 


  • Support students as they explore and develop skills for the future (i.e., competitive, or other employment) 

  • Support students in making meaningful connections in the community and with state and local agencies. 

Target Population 

  • Be at least 18 and no more than 21 years old. 

  • Have completed all graduation requirements (content requirements and graduation pathways) 

  • Have completed 4 years of high school 

  • Have regular attendance

  • Be eligible for special education services and have an IEP with a Transition Plan 

  • Maintain safe behavior independently or with a group in the community and work sites 

  • Have basic self-care skills or be working toward independence

  • Be able to use public transit with or without training

Employers who support our students: 

  • Academy of Children's Theater 

  • Ben Franklin Transit 

  • BE Beauty 

  • Bombshellz Espresso 

  • Cafe Con Arte

  • Carniceria La Cabana 4

  • Entrust Community Services

  • Fit For Me Women's Fitness 24/7

  • Horst Heating and Air Conditioning

  • Mid-Columbia Libraries - West Pasco Branch

  • Nico's on First Avenue

  • Opportunity Kitchen (Columbia Industries)

  • Pasco Riverview Adventist Church

  • Pasco School District Early Learning Center 

  • Pasco School District elementary and middle schools 

  • Raan Coffee 

  • Sportsmans Warehouse

  • St. Patrick's Catholic School

  • The Wellness Clinic at LifeQuest

  • Walgreens on Road 68, Pasco

  • Walgreens on W Court St, Pasco

  • Yokes Fresh Market on Road 68, Pasco

  • Yoke's Fresh Market on Keene, Richland


The Pasco Transition Center uses research-based instruction and community-based experiences to provide students with authentic learning opportunities. Our curriculum includes:  

  • Mobility and travel training 

  • Community and internet safety

  • Appropriate recreation and leisure activities

  • Accessing adult service agencies 

  • Self-advocacy skills

  • Meal planning and preparation

  • Grocery shopping 

  • Financial literacy (e.g., budgeting, banking, etc.)

  • Work readiness skills 

  • Soft skills 

  • Community engagement and service

Pasco Transition Center Students


Sara Sorensen Petersen
Vocational Transition Teacher and Work-Based Learning Coordinator 
509-543-6789, Ext. 5066

Laura Fowler
Vocational Transition Teacher
​​​​​​​509-543-6789, Ext. 5070

Are you a business interested in partnering or supporting the Pasco Transition Center?

Please complete our Online Interest Form below. We appreciate your support of our students!

Pasco Transition Center Business Support Inquiry Form


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We are located in the portables behind Chess Elementary School.

715 N. 24th Ave. 
Pasco, WA 99301