Texas Tech University

Transition Academy

Aaron preparing snacks at United Medical Center

The Transition Academy works to fill the need of young adults 18 to 30 years of age who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and aspire to be competitively employed. The Transition Academy is a non-residential program that emphasizes job and social skills that lead to productive, dignified employment as well as life skills that enrich the overall lifetime experience. Students attend classes Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and follow the Texas Tech University academic calendar.

Download the Transition Academy's informational brochure

Vocational and Job Skills

Vocational and job skills instruction assists our students to: identify personal strengths, develop a resume and portfolio, prepare for job interviews, participate in on-site job internships every semester, understand the importance of following rules and directions int he workplace, practice punctuality, and cultivate commitment to employment.

Social Skills

Social skills training teaches our students to: learn to accept constructive criticism, give and receive compliments and apologies, develop and maintain friendships and relationships, establish short- and long-term goals, learn effective problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills, learn appropriate behavior for various social settings, and accept alternative opinions or points of view.

Quiznos Partnership

The Burkhart Center's fully-functional Quiznos restaurant offers paid vocational opportunities for individuals with ASD and other disabilities. Employees gain valuable working experience toward their goal of becoming independent in a supervised environment under the guidance of Burkhart job coaches and Texas Tech Hospitality Services personnel.

Creativity through the Arts

Taylor and Athos preparing foodArtistic self-discovery is achieved by: making jewelry, painting on canvas, creating animals and figures using papier-mâché, entering artwork in Lubbock's First Friday Art Trail; participating in weekly music classes taught by a licensed musical therapist; and showcasing creativity and talent in an annual talent show.

Independent Living Skills

Independent living skills training includes: personal hygiene, household chores, money management, nutrition and healthy food preparation, personal safety and first aid, dressing for success, telephone etiquette, and fitness classes and activities.

Citizenship and Leadership Skills

Student working with potted plantsCitizenship and leadership skills training includes learning how to: show respect for others and self, take responsibility for actions and self-control, express forgiveness; learn from mistakes, and work as a team.

Family and Community

Annual Autism Conference: Jointly sponsored by Region 17 Education Service Center and The Burkhart Center to provide education and training to educators and parents in the South Plains.

The Burkhart Family Endowed Lecture Series: Brings distinguished speakers in ASD education to Texas Tech University and the greater Lubbock community.

Burkhart Walk for Autism Awareness: Held annually to promote ASD awareness.

Dillard's Spring Style Show: Students featured at the South Plains Mall location.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Director of the Transition Academy Janice Magness at janice.magness@ttu.edu or call 806.834.3725


The Transition Academy follows the Texas Tech Academic Calendar as follows for 2018:

Spring 2018:

Jan. 16: Classes Resume
March 10-18: Spring Break
April 2: No Classes
May 18: Last Day of Class for Spring

Summer 2018:

June 4: Classes Resume
July 4: Independence Day Holiday
Aug. 10: Last Day of Class for Summer

Fall 2018:
Aug. 27: Classes Begin
Sept. 3: Labor Day Holiday
Oct. 11: End of Probationary Period for Fall 2018 New Students
Nov. 21-23: Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec. 14: Last Day of Class for Fall