College to Career Program (C2C)

Due to campus closures, the College to Career program has moved online temporarily. Please contact Jennifer Sanoh, C2C Program Coordinator, with questions.

The College to Career (C2C) program at the College of Alameda is housed within the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) department.  C2C is a three-year program for students with intellectual disabilities who are consumers of the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR).

 

Five male C2C students smiling

The C2C program’s goals are to:

  • Improve employment outcomes for persons with intellectual disability (ID) and/or Autism
  • 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 is not affiliated with K-12 Special Education services or governed by the IEP process and does not take the place of, or serve as, a transition age program. Students or families interested in and/or eligible for 18-22 transition services should contact their local school district.

C2C APPLICANTS MUST BE:

  1. At least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment.
  2. An individual with documented diagnoses of an intellectual disability (ID) and/or autism.
  3. A California Department of Rehabilitation client (or eligible to become a Department of Rehabilitation client).
  4. Graduated with a high-school diploma; or
    1. Certificate of completion; or
    2. Exited from high school transition program; or
    3. Be willing to exit from their transition program.
  5. Able to provide or access transportation to and from College of Alameda, as well as potential work sites in various counties.
  6. Able to abide by College of Alameda’s Code of Conduct.
  7. Able to complete work, and other program related activities regularly.
  8. In possession of necessary documentation in order to work (social security card, Green card, etc.).

 

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 and attend class independently.
  4. A history of meeting behavioral and attendance expectations of past employment, training, or educational programs.
  5. A commitment to spending time, on average 25 hours per week, devoted to school-related activities, such as:
    • Classes;
    • Homework;
    • Accessing support services (tutoring, counseling, etc.); and
    • Mandatory meetings with C2C program staff.

The Fall 2021 Application Period is Now Closed.

The online application system will close on February 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST). If you need the application in an alternative format, please e-mail: CollegetoCareer@peralta.edu

IMPORTANT NOTES:

C2C is a full-time commitment.

C2C admission is competitive – determined by application, eligibility, applicant intake interviews, and decisions by the search committee.

We only accept up to twenty (20) new students once a year, for fall semester enrollment. Students enrolled in the C2C Program cannot co-enroll in another program, such as a transition age or supported employment program.

ALL APPLICATION DECISIONS ARE FINAL. ADDITIONAL INQUIRIES WILL NOT BE ADDRESSED. 

 

 

Application Instructions

To apply for the College to Career (C2C) Program, you must complete and submit an application through our online system. The online application must be completed in one sitting. You cannot begin an application, save it, and come back to it at a later time. Please review your responses before submitting.

Application Tips

In your application, we will ask you to:

  • Talk about why you want to be a College to Career (C2C) student.
  • Find three (3) people – NOT related to you – to write letters of recommendations on your behalf.
  • Have some idea of what you want to learn or the type of job you are looking for. Some people are very specific, and they want to learn one thing. Other people just want to have the experience of going to work. Be honest – we appreciate honesty and it will help us figure out the right options with you.
  • Think about your disability and personality. What will you need during college to have a good experience?

Timeline

During this phase of the process, applicants will NOT receive general updates regarding their application status. Applicants will be notified about their  status (via e-mail) by April 30, 2021*. 

 

Application for 2021 Cycle Opens October 1, 2020
Submit Screening Forms October 1, 2020 – February 1, 2021

Complete and submit C2C Application Packet. Once the packet is received, and basic eligibility is verified, then program staff will contact select applicants to set up an interview.

Application Deadline February 1, 2021
Applicant Interviews February 2021 – April 2021

If selected for an interview, applicant will meet with C2C search committee member(s) remotely (online)  to determine if the applicant is compatible with the goals and expectations of the C2C program.

Acceptance/Deferral Notification April 30, 2021*

Applicant will receive a notice of acceptance or deferral by e-mail.

Preparation/Onboarding April – July 2021

Accepted students will receive numerous items and documents to be completed for: Department of Rehabilitation (DOR); California Community Colleges (CCC); College of Alameda (COA); Student Accessibility Services (formerly known as “DSPS”) department before the first day of classes in August.

Orientation August 2021*

Accepted students will attend a remote (online) orientation session for the C2C Program. This orientation is mandatory.

Fall 2021 Classes Begin August 23, 2021

Accepted students will need to make sure they have completed the items on the checklist and are ready for the first day of classes!

* = Anticipated date. Subject to change.

 

 

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 general college courses such as: Beginning Keyboarding;  Microsoft Word;  Microsoft Excel; First Aid and Safety; Child Development; English;  ESL Grammar; Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships; Culinary Arts; Auto-body and Paint; Graphic Arts; Yoga; Dance; etc.

Contact Us

College to Career (C2C) Program, CollegetoCareer@peralta.edu

Jennifer Sanoh, C2C Coordinator/Counselor jsanoh@peralta.edu

Nadeesha Dias, C2C Job Developer kdias@peralta.edu