College to Career Program

A group of five smiling male students stand on a grassy slope, under a tree in front of the D building.

 

The College to Career (C2C) program at the College of Alameda is a three year program for students with intellectual disabilities who are consumers of both Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) and Department of Rehabilitation .  

Goals

  • 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 provides a coordinated set of activities to support student success in a college setting and successful transition into independent competitive employment. 

C2C is funded by the Department of Rehabilitiation, and includes two major components:

  • Classes:  Students take C2C classes as a cohort during the first phase of the program.  In the second phase, they take general college classes aligned with their career goal.  Educational coaches are available to connect students to needed resources and social activities, and to assist in navigating successful completion of their coursework.
  •  Employment Activities:  Students take a career exploration classes during the first program phase, followed by internships and job placement in the third phase.  While in the third phase, students also wrok with a vocational coach and participate in weekly job club meetings to support their transition into employment (including job search assistance, mock interviewing, resume writing, etc.).

ELIGIBILITY:

In order to apply for the C2C program, individuals must:

  • Be a current  consumer of the Regional Center of the East Bay with an intellectual disability;
  • Be 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;
  • Be highly motivated to be employed;
  • Demonstrate ability to participate in selected regular education courses and campus activities to learn skills needed for employment;
  • Agree to follow the College of Alameda’s Code of Conduct; and
  • Have the ability to benefit from the C2C program.

APPLYING:

Applications for the C2C program are typically available in November and  due in late January.   Admissions interviews and decisions will be completed in the spring and the program classes will begin each fall semester. C2C admits up to 20 students each year.

Applications will be distributed to case managers at the Regional Center of the East Bay in November.

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 regular college courses such as: Beginning Keyboarding;  Microsoft Word;  Microsoft Excel; First Aid and Safety; Introduction to the Internet; English;  ESL Grammar; Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships; Culinary Arts; Autobody and Paint; Graphic Arts; Yoga.

For more information,  please contact Wanda Wright at  wwright@peralta.edu or 510/748-5263.