Transition to Independence, Employment, and Success (TIES)
The TIES Program (Transition to Independence, Employment and Success) is the result of a joint effort between the Exceptional Student Education Department of Monroe County School District, Vocational Rehabilitation, the United States Navy and other community partners. Located on Sigsbee Naval Base, this program serves young adults ages 18-22 years old who have completed 4 years of high school and need continued support in developing "real-world" skills. The TIES Program provides instruction in various independent living skills within both the classroom and community environments. Proper work behaviors and specific job skills are acquired through numerous training opportunities provided by locations at NAS Key West and in the local community.
Employability skills are introduced in the classroom and practiced in the environment in which they will be used. A central location at NAS Key West provides students with an opportunity to utilize community facilities to practice functional academics, independent living skills, and employability skills in a real-world environment. The program is supported by a teacher and a job coach. The TIES staff works closely with potential employers to train the students according to the company's standards and expectations. The goal is to have students successfully employed upon exiting the TIES program.