Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

Transition Services are designed to assist students in making career decisions. Staff assist students in preparing for admission to school.

High School Options

There are several activities students may participate in at BTC while still enrolled in high school. Students with disabilities should follow the Youth Apprenticeship /Youth Options Guidelines for Students with Disabilities to ensure accommodations are established at the beginning of the semester. High school students receiving special education services may find it beneficial to review the Opening Doors booklet. This booklet provides information on the transition process from high school to post-secondary education.

Campus Tours

Taking a tour of the BTC campus will give prospective students valuable information about the many programs offered, as well as a first-hand look at the college atmosphere. Individual or group tours are available. Tours last 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the group.

Career Exploration

Tech Exploration Days are held in the fall. The BTC Career Center also offers many career exploration activities.

Application Process

Students should APPLY EARLY! Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

To apply students should:

  1. Mail completed application form with the $30 application fee and high school transcripts to the Admissions Office.
  2. To qualify for testing accommodations please forward documentation a minimum of two days prior to Compass testing.
  3. Complete the Compass test with accommodations. Contact Diane Murphy at (608) 743-4422 or dmurphy@blackhawk.edu to schedule an appointment.
  4. Determine how to pay for tuition. Decide whether to apply for financial aid; contact the financial aid office for assistance.

Transition Planning

Staff will meet with students to develop academic or vocational goals. The Transition Checklist may be a helpful planning tool.

Study Skills Workshop

The study skills workshop provides an opportunity to meet new people before school begins, brush-up on your study skills, tour campus to find your classrooms, and visit the bookstore to buy your textbooks. The workshop is scheduled the week before fall classes begin. Topics include: time management, note-taking strategies, how to advocate for accommodations, test-taking techniques, team building skills, as well as much more.