College to Career (C2C) Programs
College to Career (C2C) programs are part of a Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) funded initiative developed in FY 2010-2011 in collaboration with the California Community Colleges' Chancellor's Office. Eight community colleges now have C2C programs funded by DOR. Each college was funded to develop pre-vocational and vocational training programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). The eight C2C colleges are: College of Alameda, Cypress College Continuing Education Center, Fresno City College, Sacramento City College, San Diego Community College District (San Diego City College), Santa Rosa Jr. College, Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Community College District (Shasta College), and West Los Angeles College. They provide instruction, campus supports, job development and placement services for students who are both DOR and Regional Center clients. The programs accept 20 students each year. Students receive instruction and support with the goal of securing competitive integrated employment in a career area of their choice.
College to Career programs were designed to incorporate the requirements of Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with ID as articulated in the Higher Education Act of 2008 as follows:
- Instruction and program activities are offered at a college
- Program services support students with ID who are seeking to continue academic, career and technical and independent living instruction to prepare for gainful employment
- Support services include guidance and advising
- Students with ID interact with non-ID students for at least ½ of their participation in the programs in academic components and other opportunities for inclusive coursework and activities
To facilitate student learning and transition to employment C2C students have opportunities to participate in volunteer, job shadowing, internships and related activities. Support services provided to students include job coaching, educational coaching and use of IPad and other innovative technologies.