College to Career

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.

Five male C2C students smiling

The C2C program’s goals are to:

  • 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 Rehabilitation, 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 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 work 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.).

C2C APPLICANTS MUST BE:

  1. Be a current consumer of the Regional Center of the East Bay and eligible as an individual with an intellectual disability and/or autism.

  2. A California Department of Rehabilitation client (or eligible to become a Department of Rehabilitation client).
  3. Graduated with a high-school diploma; or

    1. Exited from high school transition program; or

    2. Be willing to exit from their transition program.
  4. Able to provide or access transportation to and from College of Alameda, as well as potential work sites throughout various counties.

  5. Able to attend classes, job, and other program-related activities regularly.
  6. Able to abide by College of Alameda’s Code of Conduct .

Students most qualified to participate in C2C have:

  1. Motivation to work and attend college.
  2. A desire to obtain permanent, paid employment.
  3. The ability to function on a college campus independently.
  4. A history of meeting behavioral and attendance expectations of past employment, training, or educational programs.
  5. A commitment to spending time devoted to school-related activities, such as:
    • Classes;
    • Homework;
    • Accessing support services (tutoring, counseling, etc.)
    • Meetings with C2C program staff.

Students or families interested in our program should contact their Regional Center of teh East Bay (RCEB) Case manager.

Applications were distributed to case managers at the Regional Center of the East Bay beginning November 15, 2018.

Applications for the C2C program’s fall 2019 cohort are due by April 1, 2019.  

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.

 

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

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