About Us

The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: The Collaborative (NTACT:C) is a Technical Assistance Center co-funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).

Our Purpose

We provide information, tools, and supports to assist multiple stakeholders in delivering effective services and instruction for secondary students and out of school youth with disabilities.


We build state agency capacity to:

  • Use data-driven decision-making processes
  • Strengthen interagency partnerships
  • Provide quality professional development
  • Implement technical assistance (supports) in the form of:
    1. Universal TA – Take & Use
    2. Targeted TA – Teach & Coach
    3. Intensive TA – Coach, Scale-Up & Sustain


So that ALL students and youth with disabilities experience increased:

  • Enrollment in postsecondary education
  • Graduation
  • Credential attainment
  • Competitive integrated employment
  • Community engagement
Address the “Know-Do” gap through:
  • Current research findings
  • Translating research findings for implementation
  • Engaging stakeholders

Our Partners

Multiple entities collaborate on NTACT:C to provide broad and varied experience, expertise, and technical assistance (TA).

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC)

UNCC’s Cato College of Education serves as the lead agency for NTACT:C. Catherine Fowler is the Director at UNCC, with several additional faculty and staff who provide leadership across all activities.

Portland State University (PSU)

The Transition Coalition at PSU, Directed by Mary Morningstar, co-leads Universal Technical Assistance and professional development capacity activities on multiple transition-related topics.

The George Washington University (GW)

Staff of the GW Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education (CRCRE), directed by Maureen McGuire-Kuletz and Melissa Diehl, provide TA focused on pre-employment transition services.

University of Kansas (KU)

The Transition Coalition at KU, Directed by Dana Lattin, provides website development and integration across all TA levels and supports knowledge translation into resources for stakeholders.

University of Maryland (UMD)

Ellen Fabian and Rich Luecking co-direct the work at UMD Center for Transition and Career Innovation deliver TA focused on collaboration and career development, including work-based learning.

East Tennessee State University (ETSU)

Directed by Dawn Rowe, ETSU provides identification and dissemination of effective practices and universal and targeted TA activities.

University of Oregon (UO)

Staff from UO’s Secondary Special Education and Transition (SSET) research unit, directed by Deanne Unruh, provide cross-site coordination, evaluation, and co-lead Intensive Technical Assistance to states.