College to Career Program
College of Alameda is one of five California Community Colleges selected for the College to Career grant, funded by the Department of Rehabilitation through 2014.
- Improve employment outcomes for persons with intellectual disability (ID)
- Expand the range of jobs available to persons with ID, with emphasis on areas of job growth
The C2C program includes on-campus instruction; off-campus internships related to students’ employment goals; and job placement with follow-up as needed. Students also participate in campus activities to improve social and communication skills needed for success in getting and retaining a job.
Internships at Kaiser Permanente Human Resource Center in Alameda are offered in collaboration with East Bay Innovations Project Search, for C2C students with interests and skills in clerical work.
C2C admits 20 students per year. Criteria for admission include:
- Current consumer of the Regional Center with an intellectual disability;
- At least 20 years of age or graduated with a high school diploma. Students ages 20-22 should have already exited from high school transition programs;
Note: C2C is not limited to students in their 20’s. We welcome applications from consumers who are older (for example, in their 30’s) if they are interested in learning new skills and are motivated to get a job.
- Commitment to work and demands of school;
- Demonstrated compliance with the College Code of Conduct;
- Ability to work, with decreasing support, in an independent placement following the C2C program.
C2C is based on the tenets of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 which allows students with an intellectual disability to be eligible for federal financial aid if they are enrolled in a comprehensive transition postsecondary program that includes at least 50% participation in mainstream college activities and classes.
Students with intellectual disabilities with postsecondary experiences are 26 times more likely to be successfully employed and earn 73 percent higher wages than their peers without postsecondary education.
C2C students are enrolled in mainstream courses including: Beginning Keyboarding; Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel; First Aid and Safety; Introduction to the Internet; English; ESL Grammar; Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships; Graphic Arts; Yoga.
For more information, please contact:
College to Career/DSPS Coordinator