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Resources available to students offered through

Meeker and Wright Special Ed Coop

Journeys
This program is located at the Howard Lake Middle School and serves children with behavioral concerns in
grades K-7. It is a multi-district program and is managed by Meeker & Wright Special Education Cooperative.
Journeys serves young students with behavioral needs that cannot be met within their home school district.
Typically, these students have not been successful in a less restrictive environment. Students receive academic
classes, social and life skills which are individualized to foster learning and successful interactions with peers
and adults. Most students function within the average range of intelligence, but may have learning disabilities
or discrepancies in their academic achievement. Students are recommended for these services by their IEP team
and with the approval of district administration. The students reintegrate, as appropriate, back to their home
school as recommended by the IEP team. Referrals are completed and submitted to the district special
education coordinator and staffed by the Journeys Referral Team.
Eastern-Northern Wright
This program is located at the Wright Technical Center in Buffalo and serves children with behavioral concerns
in grades K-7. Eastern Wright Day Treatment is a multi-agency education and therapy program. Students
receive academic classes and daily therapy and family therapy is also a component of the program. Students are
recommended for these services by their IEP/IIIP team and their resident county case manager. Students
reintegrate as appropriate back to their home schools or into a combination of options. For day treatment,
students must be evaluated for case management through the county children's mental health system and school
system before a referral can be considered. Referrals are finalized by the district special education coordinator
and county supervisor and staffed by an Eastern-Wright Referral Team.
Cornerstones Levels IV and V
This program is a multi-school district program located at the Wright Technical Center in Buffalo and managed
by MAWSECO. It serves adolescents, grades 7-12 with EBD needs that cannot be met within their home
school district. Students are recommended for this program by their IEP/IIIP team with approval of the district
administration. Students are bussed by their local school district and attend school from 8:00 to 2:30 daily. The
reintegration into mainstream settings is recommended by the student's IEP/IIIP team. Those settings may
include home school district, work site, Wright Technical Center or a combination of options as appropriate for
the student. Referrals are completed and submitted to the district special education coordinator. Students are
staffed through a Cornerstones Referral Team.

Some of the students referred to Cornerstones receive day treatment services. Students are recommended to
receive services at this program by their IEP/IIIP team and resident county mental health case manager. With
these students, a day consists of educational classes as well as daily onsite mental health services from a mental
health professional. Family therapy is also a component of the service. When receiving day treatment, students
must be evaluated for case management through the county children's mental health system before a referral can
be considered. Referrals are finalized by the county supervisor and are staffed by a Cornerstones Referral
Team.



Village Ranch
Village Ranch Alternative Program (VRAP) is an educational program located on the grounds
of Village Ranch, Inc., a residential facility for males, licensed by the Department of Corrections. The
educational program serves students from the residence as well as day
students living in local communities. Students attending VRAP range from 12-18 years of
age. Some of the students have pre-identified disabilities in the area of Emotional
Behavioral Disorders (EBD) or Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), or have other learning difficulties. School
staff are experienced and trained to educate and nurture students
with these unique needs. Students who qualify for special education services have an
Individual Education Plan (IEP) developed by the student’s team.

VRAP’s goal is to transition students with academic, behavioral and/or emotional difficulties to successful
integration into mainstream educational and/or work opportunities. VRAP provides a flexible, safe environment
in which students can experience educational success. Dedicated to and structured by strong social and
behavioral components, the program is augmented by quality academic instruction.


Wings

The Wings Alternative Program, located in Litchfield, is a residential treatment center for chemical
dependency. The program serves male and female adolescents ages 14 years and older from throughout
Minnesota and from other states. MAWSECO staff members provide educational services to students attending
this program.

Westside

The Westside Alternative Program provides the educational services to residents of the Maple Lake Recovery
Center. This residence program in Maple Lake is a treatment center for chemical dependency for male
adolescents 14 years and older from throughout Minnesota and from other states. Local students cannot attend
this program.

STEP

STEP (Student Transitioning in Educational Programming) is an educational program for young adults ages 18-
21 with special needs. It is a community-based special education program emphasizing work experience and
independent living skills. Students are eligible for STP if they are least 18 years old, currently receives special
education services, and have a current Individual Education Plan with unmet goals in the area of transition

TREK
TREK is a program designed for students who have been identified as having a severe communication or
neurological disorder. The target population for this program is students who have been identified with Autism,
Developmental Cognitive Disorders, Communication Disorders and exhibit behavioral patterns which
negatively affect the ability to interact with peers or adults in the regular school setting. TREK provides
program solutions to effectively create an environment for successful learners.



Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education
Early Intervention Birth to age Three includes a comprehensive evaluation for children suspected of
experiencing a delay in development when compared to typically developing children.
Once identified, a child and family are offered individualized services to enhance the development of that child.
Area school districts work together cooperatively to fund this program at no cost to families through special
education funding. Agencies within the county may also be a part of evaluating and providing services to
families
More information on all above programs are found at www.mawseco.k12.mn.us

Other Services offered in
Wright County
Wright Technical Center
Wright Technical Center is located in Buffalo, this program offers a number of transition to career educational
opportunities to area youth offerings include Automotive Technology, On the Job, Early Childhood and
Elementary Careers, Construction Technology, Cosmetology Careers, Health Science Technology, Landscape
and Greenhouse Careers, Law Enforcement and First Responder, Welding Technology, Automotive Career
Skills, Project Lead the Way, Graphic Design. These programs are available to students in grades 11 and 12
who are enrolled in the cooperating districts. Some of these programs are introductory learning opportunities
others serve as a form of mastery, if students complete two years of these programs they will have certificates
and be able to join the work force. This is an excellent resource for our students to address their transition
needs of employment and post secondary education. Enrollment allows for experiences and success that can
lead to further education past high school graduation.
More information found at http://www.wtc.k12.mn.us/.

Functional Industries
Functional Industries offers job placement and retention services to individuals who are seeking employment.
Their Community Employment Services enable individuals to choose, obtain, and retain integrated employment
in their community. Participants are age 16 and older. The majority of persons served meet the eligibility
criteria for county, state, or federal funding and program costs are paid by one or more of these entities. Private
pay is also an option. Participants are not required to enroll in pre-placement or other vocational training as a
prerequisite to obtaining employment. Their goal is to assist the individual in finding and retaining employment
that is consistent with their interests, abilities, and resources.
Employee Development Services consist of comprehensive, individualized services that help participants
develop or reestablish work skills, attitudes, personal characteristics, work behaviors, and functional capacities
to achieve positive employment results. Participants are age 16 and older. The majority of persons served meet
the eligibility criteria for county, state, or federal funding and program costs are paid by one or more of these
entities. Private pay is also an option.
Participants receive services directly from their staff members or indirectly through natural supports. We
provide Employee Development Services at community job sites, within organized vocational training settings,
or through one-on-one counseling sessions
Employment Planning Services assist individuals in determining their vocational goals. Using a person-centered
approach, participants learn about employment opportunities within the community, enabling them to make
informed decisions. We help individuals choose employment outcomes and career development options based
on their preferences, strengths, abilities, and needs. Participants are age 16 and older. The majority of persons
served meet the eligibility criteria for county, state, or federal funding and program costs are paid by one or
more of these entities. Private pay is also an option. We develop individualized services around an employment
exploration model.
Brilliant Futures program provides innovative community employment opportunities to help ensure a successful
transition from school to the workplace. This program is for students between the ages of 14 and 21 who receive
educational services under an Individual Education Plan. We collaborate with school districts, teachers, parents,
counties, and Vocational Rehabilitation Services counselors to develop transition services tailored to each
student’s employment and transition needs. We provide services that help students gain the skills, confidence,
and professional experiences needed to develop rewarding and successful careers.
Functional Industries offers a number of Day Training and Habilitation (DT&H) programs that help participants
learn new skills, gain greater independence, explore the community, and to develop friendships. Persons served
have the ability to move through the DT&H programs based on need. Their individual goals focus on desires,
strengths, abilities, and life span issues, making them unique and specific.
Wright Alternatives serves individuals who have minimal needs in the areas of personal cares, vocational skills,
and behavior management. This program is for those who have the desire and ability to work as well as the
desire to move into community employment. We teach the soft skills and social skills needed for job
development. Jobs consist of light assembly and are paid by a piece rate. We also work toward community
employment based on the person’s desires, strengths, and abilities.
Their Wright Connection I & II programs provide services to persons with some of the most difficult behavioral
challenges. Their success centers on committed and consistent staff, creative and individualized behavioral
support plans, and a belief that all people are capable of change. We provide intensive programming in areas
such as behavior management, personal cares, vocational skills, and social skills. Wright Connection III is
unique in that it provides intensive medical supports. Their staff assists many individuals that have prescribed
therapies.
More information at www.functionalindustries.org