Teachwell Strive at Southeast Tech
Teachwell Strive at Southeast Tech is a special education program focused on building the skills young adults need to be successful in college. We help students adjust to campus life and manage a personal schedule that includes college courses, career exploration and life skills lessons. Our team works with each student to ensure every young adult learns skills that prepare them for a successful career.
The Goals of Teachwell Strive
Teachwell Strive at Southeast Tech was developed to support high school students with disabilities on their path to a meaningful career. Our goal is to equip students with the skills and resources to attend college while working individually to build social-emotional skills and the ability to self-advocate.
A Daily Schedule to Support College and Career Readiness
Teachwell Strive helps each student build a daily schedule that includes college courses, work experience and life skills lessons. Creating and managing a personal schedule is part of the learning experience, and our success coaches work with students to set aside time to build skills needed to be successful in college and at the workplace.
Depending on a student's individual goals, a typical day at Teachwell Strive will blend college readiness, career readiness and life skills.
- College Readiness: Learning college success skills and completing college-level courses.
- Career Readiness: Employment skills training and real-world work experiences.
- Life Skills: Lessons on living independently, social emotional learning and self-advocacy.
A New Transition Option
Teachwell Strive is a new transition program for students aged 18-21 whose IEP and post-secondary goals include college or career training programs. The program was started in 2020 with support from the state's Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency.
Students Earn College Credit
Teachwell Strive allows students to earn college credit. College coursework meets the general education requirements of most certificate or associate programs at Southeast Tech.
Local school districts typically pay Teachwell Strive tuition on behalf of students. The state's Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency may cover the cost of college tuition and books.
Building a Transition Plan
Teachwell helps educators, students and families create a plan for life after high school. Transition planning should start by age 16, but many IEP teams begin sooner. Teachwell staff often become part of the IEP team to assist with assessments or goal-setting.
Enrollment into Teachwell Strive
Enrollment starts with a referral from a local public school district. Teachwell offers enrollment assistance, which may include verifying eligibility for state services and completing a college application.
Special Education Coordinator
715 E 14th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104