Transitional Education Service Alternative Program (TESA)


The Transitional Education Service Alternative Program (TESA) program serves the transition needs of young adults ages 18-21. Staff, students, families, and community providers work together to identify the student’s unique strengths, interests, and develop a plan to provide instructional and community opportunities to meet their transition needs. Areas addressed may include independent living skills, employment skills, academic or functional skills, communication and social skills, self-advocacy, and post-secondary planning. For those students considering post-secondary education following graduation, there are also opportunities to build their skills in preparation for college, including understanding the resources and supports available through disability services.

Program Leadership

Don Budach

Assistant Director of Special Education/Principal

Phone: 651-423-8426

Email Don Budach

Stephanie Betley

Assistant Principal

Phone: 651-423-8343

Email Stephanie Betley


Wendi Renken (TESA @DCTC)

Lead Teacher

Phone: 651-423-8620

Email Wendi Renken

Heidi Helm (TESA @BTC)

Lead Teacher


Email Heidi Helm

Paige Bjerke

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 651-423-8401

Email Paige Bjerke 


Tara Brenner

Administrative Assistant II

Phone: 651-423-8515

Email Tara Brenner

School Info

DCTC building front
Dakota County Technical College (DCTC)

1300 145th Street E

Rosemount, MN 55068

Phone: 651-423-8401

Fax: TBD

School Hours

Student: 7:45 am - 2:20 pm

Staff: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

DCTC Calendar

Emergency Closing Information


Bloomington Transition Center front of building


Bloomington Transition Center (BTC)


2575 W 88th Street, Door 10

Bloomington, MN 55431

Phone: TBD

Fax: TBD

School Hours

Student: 7:45 am - 2:20 pm

Staff: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

District 271 Calendar

Emergency Closing Information


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