What is the College 2 Career program?
The College 2 Career Program is a new program being funded by the California Department of Rehabilitation to support students with disabilities at Sacramento City College. All students enrolled in the program must be consumers of the Alta Regional Center and the Department of Rehabilitation. The program will provide support that builds on life skills, social skills, and employment readiness with combined additional supports in mainstream classes. The goals of the program are centered on providing students with the tools necessary to obtain jobs in line with each student’s unique set of abilities, skills and interests.
The College 2 Career Program is for individuals looking to become college students, or for current students enrolled in college courses through the Sacramento City College. The program will support education related to employment readiness, with a strong focus on each student learning the skills to get jobs by the completion of the program. Program enrollment is limited. Participants are admitted to the program based on an interview and decision of the College 2 Career Program Coordinator. All decisions are final and enrollment is limited.
What are the criteria for acceptance into the College 2 Career program?
The criterion for acceptance includes the following:
If an interested individual is not a consumer of the Alta Regional Center, can he/she still qualify for the College 2 Career program?
No. Any potential student must meet be a consumer of the Alta Regional Center and the Department of Rehabilitation.
What does it mean to have an intellectual disability?
As defined by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Di-abilities (AAIDD), an intellectual disability is characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills. This disability originates before the age of 18. Intellectual disability is the currently preferred term for the disability historically referred to as "mental retardation." Having a learning disability does not qualify you as a person with an intellectual disability.
What does it mean to be on the Autism Spectrum?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) people on the autism spectrum (ASD) demonstrate deficits in 1) social interaction, 2) verbal and nonverbal communication, and 3) repetitive behaviors or interests. In addition, they will often have unusual responses to sensory experiences, such as certain sounds or the way objects look. Each of these symptoms runs the gamut from mild to severe. They will present in each individual person differently. For instance, a person may have little trouble learning to read but exhibit extremely poor social interaction. Each person will display communication, social, and behavioral patterns that are individual but fit into the overall diagnosis of ASD.
If an interested student is accepted to the College 2 Career program, what can he/she expect regarding classes and schoolwork?
The College 2 Career program will support courses that focus on career exploration, worker traits, and will teach the skills necessary to get a job in line with the student’s goals for employment. Students will also be a part of courses in many areas of interest or skill building. Program staff will assist in guiding students towards courses and campus locations that would be the best fit.
Will extra tutoring or support be available to students in the program?
Absolutely! College 2 Career education coaches will work with the student to obtain additional tutoring through the many tutoring labs on campus. Education coaches will not do a student’s work, but will guide students in learning study skills, strategies for succeeding in college, in the community, and to seek employment.
Is an interview required?
An interview with the College 2 Career Program Coordinator is required. Students interested in the program are encouraged to discuss goals for employment, any previous work history, experiences in high school or college, and any areas requiring additional support on campus. Family members, guardians or other support staff are welcome to attend the initial meeting and provide insight in helping to plan the student’s college experience. Enrollment is limited and all decisions by College 2 Career staff are final.
How long can a student expect to receive support from the College 2 Career program?
The College 2 Career Program is a three year track program, with end goals leading to employment for each student. During the first year of the program students will enroll in courses tailored to career readiness, and will participate in various work trial, internship, volunteer or paid employment positions on campus or throughout the community. The goal of the program and measures for success include assisting each student in gaining and keeping a paid position utilizing their skills and interests.
How can I become part of the College 2 Career program?
There are a few different ways to be referred to the program. The easiest way for a student to get referred to the program is by contacting his/her DSPS Counselor, Alta Regional Center Service Coordinator, or Department of Rehabilitation Counselor.
Are there any additional resources I can look into that can provide more information?
Yes, below you will find a list of resources, including the ThinkCollege! website, which is the hub of all efforts supporting college programs for students with intellectual disabilities. On this website, you will find information and resources for interested students, parents and professionals. We have also included links to a few videos supported by YouTube, which portray real-life students discussing their experiences.
Can I contact the College 2 Career program to learn more?
We hope that you do! Please contact C2C Coordinator Tasneem Sah at 916-558-2107 or firstname.lastname@example.org