APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR FALL 2021 !
The College to Career (C2C) program at the College of Alameda is housed within the Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS) department. C2C is a three-year program for students with intellectual disabilities who are consumers of the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR).
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:
- At least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment.
- An individual with documented diagnoses of an intellectual disability (ID) and/or autism.
- A California Department of Rehabilitation client (or eligible to become a Department of Rehabilitation client).
- Graduated with a high-school diploma; or
- Certificate of completion; or
- Exited from high school transition program; or
- Be willing to exit from their transition program.
- Able to provide or access transportation to and from College of Alameda, as well as potential work sites in various counties.
- Able to abide by College of Alameda’s Code of Conduct.
- Able to complete work, and other program related activities regularly.
- In possession of necessary documentation in order to work (social security card, Green card, etc.).
Students most qualified to participate in C2C have:
- Motivation to work and attend college.
- A desire to obtain permanent, paid employment.
- The ability to function on a college campus independently and attend class independently.
- A history of meeting behavioral and attendance expectations of past employment, training, or educational programs.
- A commitment to spending time, on average 25 hours per week, devoted to school-related activities, such as:
- Accessing support services (tutoring, counseling, etc.); and
- Mandatory meetings with C2C program staff.
To apply for the program, please click on the following link: Fall 2021 C2C Application:
The online application system will close on February 1, 2021 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST). If you need the application in an alternative format, please e-mail: CollegetoCareer@peralta.edu
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.
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; English; ESL Grammar; Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships; Culinary Arts; Auto-body and Paint; Graphic Arts; Yoga; Dance.