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BEST Transition

The BEST program serves young adults who are ages 18-21 years who have an individual education program (IEP) plan targeting preparation for adult life. Students have a graduation plan that identifies skills they need to reach their employment, postsecondary, and independent living goals. Skills are acquired in the classroom, community and various postsecondary settings. Linkages are made to community and program partners who follow the students into adulthood and provide ongoing support and resource coordination.

Students may attend BEST for one to three years depending on their needs and goals.

Program Components

  • Interagency linkages with adult services
  • Employment skills training and work experience opportunities
  • Independent living skills training
  • Community experiences and instruction
  • Transportation training
  • Career exploration and career development
  • Opportunities to develop and practice self-advocacy
  • Financial and consumer skills training
  • Postsecondary planning and preparation
  • Social emotional awareness and skills development
  • Lifelong recreational skills training
  • Health and personal care instruction
  • Self-determination instruction and application
  • Disability Awareness

Program Sites/Options

Sites and options vary depending on students’ interests, postsecondary goals, and program plans. Some sites
may include:

  • Dakota County Technical College or Secondary Technical Center
  • Community Service Locations
  • Diamondhead Education Center
  • Paid Employment Sites
  • 360 Communities
  • Rivers & Augustana Nursing Homes
  • Prince of Peace


Diamondhead Education Center, Door 2
200 W. Burnsville Pkwy.
Burnsville, MN 55337

(952) 707-2639