Technical and Transitional Services

The Technical and Transitional Services Department, TTSD, provides vocational/technical training and transition services to middle and high school students as they prepare for post-secondary careers and/or further education. Courses offered include Web Design, Document Imaging, Adult Skills, Technology Literacy (Microsoft Office), Career Development, Personal Growth, Internships, and Work Experience. Transition services include arranging meetings for students and their families with Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) counselors, preparing transition paperwork (688 forms), developing working relationships with local employers, providing job coaching and/or placing and supervising students on internships or jobs, and assisting students with college and financial aid applications. You can see the examples of applications posted at

Technology Literacy

Technology Literacy 1 is the only technology course required of all BPS students for high school graduation.  As such, it must give all students the skills they need to support their learning of core curriculum areas, especially in math and literacy, as well as function effectively in their adult lives.  This project-based course provides an overview of basic technology skills in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as Internet research, and gives students the opportunity to apply these skills to their own academic and personal research, problem solving, and communication.  Students will also develop an understanding of the responsible use of technology and an understanding of ethics and safety issues in the use of electronic media.  Students will use these skills to develop several unit-based mini-projects as well as one major final project to demonstrate their understanding of the use of technology to support their curriculum work.

Work Experience

The Work Experience class offers students the opportunity to prepare for the world of work through a hands-on approach. On-campus training includes copying and laminating materials for teachers, scanning documents and pictures, collating multiple-page documents, and organizing and maintaining the work areas. The students also participate in paid work experiences at two off-campus recycle centers. In addition, we provide one-on-one vocational counseling, work evaluations, job coaching, and lots of positive reinforcement as we work together to prepare the students to be productive members of their communities.

Document Management

The Horace Mann High School student will use the Windows platform to gain experience using the computer and peripheral devices for scanning and converting information to a digital format. Through a one-year course, the students will be exposed to using various scanners, printers and storage devices to learn about the Document Imaging process, storage of such documents and indexing, and retrieval of such files. Students will gain experience using equipment that closely models current Document Imaging equipment, and will gain experience in all aspects of the Document Imaging field.

Digital Communications

This course will provide an introduction to four major facets of Digital Communication: Page Layout using Adobe Indesign, Image creation and editing using Adobe Photoshop, Web page creation using Macromedia Dreamweaver, and Web Animation using Macromedia Flash. Using high-interest, hands-on activities and creating a variety of publications and projects, students will gain an understanding of the basic operation and the potential power of each program.

Internships and Employment

Mass Housing Agency
Mass Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Mass State Retirement Board
Jackson Mann Community School
Boston Public Library


Our Benefactors

Mass Housing Agency
First Franklin Bank
The Bank of New York Mellon
DataBank IMX
Muckle and Associates
C/F Data Systems, LLC
ARMA boston
C/F Data Systems
Questex Media
State Treasurer Timothy Cahill
Poland Springs Natural spring Water
Hyland OnBase Software
Eastman Kodak Company
Northeast Region Graphic Communications Group
Iron Mountain, Inc.
Recall North America

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