• PUSD Special Education Department


15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA
858-521-2800 x2216 ~ FAX:858-485-1501
Special Education/Transition Partnership Program and WorkAbility
Theresa Kurtz, Director


The Transition Partnership Program (TPP) and WorkAbility (WA) are divisions of the Special Education Department. These programs continue the Poway Unified School District mission of "excellence in all we do."  Although there have been many changes and much growth over the years, what remains constant is our commitment to providing quality services to our students, leading to their successful inclusion as adults in the community.  Whether it is providing that vital first paid employment experience or assisting students in developing their goals; the program staff believes in the value of promoting career and technical education. 


The Transition Partnership Program is a partnership between Poway Unified School District and the California State Department of Rehabilitation.  The program is designed to insure a smooth transition from school to work for seniors in high school who have a physical, mental or learning disability.  Some services that are available through the program include:

  • Career exploration
  • Career guidance counseling
  • Equipment needed for school and/or work
  • Job development assistance
  • Resume and portfolio development
  • Training and education
  • Transportation assistance
  • Tuition and books for school
  • Vocational assessment

Transition Partnership Program Brochure 2011-2012


The WorkAbility (WA) program is a program funded by the California State Department of Education that enables students with physical, mental or learning disabilities, ages 16-21, to gain marketable job specific skills needed in today's competitive job market.    Services available through the program include:

  • When appropriate, subsidized employment at $8.00 per hour

  • Workplace skills training

  • Job development/placement assistance


The WorkAbility Middle School program is designed to empower students at the middle school level to create a personal vision and prepare them to enter high school with academic/social skills and career awareness to make informed choices.  Key components include coordinated instruction and activities that integrate school, community and the workplace.   Activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Career exploration classroom instruction

  • Career interest inventory

  • Career Day participation

  • Career portfolios

  • Developing an Individualized Transition Plan (ITP)

  • Utilizing the Internet for career exploration


Transition Partnership Program and WorkAbility Staff

Jodi Payne
Program Specialist
Phone: 858-521-2800 ext 2210

Gayle Ingram
Transition Partnership Program (TPP)
Phone: 858-521-2813
Email: gingram@powayusd.com

Susan Wilson
Transition Partnership Program (TPP)
Phone:  858-521-2818
Email: swilson@powayusd.com

Jan Simpson
WorkAbility (WA)
Phone: 858-521-2814

Debbie Sweezey
Office Assistant
Phone:  858-521-2817
Email:  dsweezey@powayusd.com