Employability Center

Welcome to the Employability Center

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Dr. Jennifer Wright,Principal, phone: 719-578-2215 VP: 719-309-4860

The transition program at CSDB is designed for students ages 14-21. Students will discover and explore the various opportunities available to them through hands-on instruction, Project Based Learning, guest speakers, and off-campus experiences. As students make progress, they will fine-tune their work abilities, determine job preferences, and learn to become independent.

CSDB currently offers transition courses in the following areas:

Bridges to Life (18-21 years)
College and Vocational Program Opportunities
High School Elective Courses

CSDB Mission Statement  

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), in collaboration with families, school districts and community partners, educates and inspires learners throughout the state, birth through age 21, to achieve their full potential through comprehensive, individualized academic, transition, residential and outreach programs and resources. 

The guiding beliefs for the Employability Center are taken from most areas of the schoolwide guiding beliefs. Below are those beliefs as they relate to the whole school program.

Guiding Beliefs

  • Families, staff, and community members are valued partners. 
  • Interagency and community collaborations are fundamental for providing resources and support for learners and their families. 
  • It is critical for staff, learners, families, and the community to embrace intersectionality and demonstrate respect for individual differences. 
  • Programs and services must be designed to meet the holistic needs of the learner to include academics, language, social-emotional, the arts, extra-curricular and athletics through safe, caring, supportive, and accessible environments. 
  • Instruction, support services, residential and statewide services must be provided by highly trained and certified professionals who are lifelong learners and who seek to promote excellence and innovation in every aspect of their work 
  • Learners’ growth and achievement in the areas of character development and positive self-worth are as important as academic proficiency.  
  • Interactions with adults and peers who are Blind/VI, Deaf/HH or DeafBlind play a vital role in the development of positive self-esteem and personal/professional growth. 
  • Maintaining high expectations through rigorous instruction and learner-aligned assessment is critical for academic proficiency and preparation for lifelong learning.  
  • All families should be provided support and balanced information, which enables them to make informed decisions for their family and their child.  This is especially important for young learners.  
  • After school programming provides unique opportunities to develop specialized independent living and social interaction skills in a safe, nurturing and language-rich environment. 
  • Learners should be contributing members of society. Employability skills and work experiences appropriate to the age of the learner embedded in educational environments are essential for learners to succeed in their next environment. 
  • Postsecondary Workforce Readiness (PWR) skills embedded in educational environments from an early age are essential for learners to be contributing members of society.