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Welcome to Community Transitions

Community Transitions (CT) is a Special Education program within Bellingham Public Schools that serves students through the age of 21. Students often encounter a new set of adult challenges which require different responses as they leave the high school setting.  CT provides a continuum of services intended to prepare students with mild to severe disabilities for a successful transition to independent living, employment and/or post-secondary training.

We offer a part-time schedule of classes as well as job-coaching, work-based learning opportunities, and case management. Supports are individualized within these structured opportunities based on the student’s need. Adult students, families, and case managers work as a team to create and nurture partnerships with adult services, college staff and businesses in the local community to identify the best place to maximize each individual student’s potential for success.

To be eligible, a student should:

  • Not have taken their high school diploma.
  • Be able to be enrolled in Bellingham Public Schools.
  • Be supported by an Individual Education Program (IEP) and still need specially designed instruction.
  • Be recommended to participate by the IEP Team.


  • Job skills
  • Culinary skills
  • Independent living
  • Recreation
  • Relationships/self-determination
  • Work-based learning
  • Transition planning

Community thank you!

Thank you to all the businesses and community members who have supported Community Transitions students throughout the 2020-21 school year by contributing to informational interviews, mock interviews, class outings, guest speakers, trial work experiences and paid employment.

CT Administrator and Assistant Director of Special Education:

Analisa Ficklin



Jaime Friedrich


Charlene Kintzele


Dominique Lantagne


Liz Madden


Phoebe Stockton



Community thank yous