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Eastern Iowa Community College District
500 Belmont Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Program Contact Jen Aplington
Phone 563.441.4355

ACCESS is a program for high school age special education students that is designed to help students obtain vocational and employability skills. ACCESS provides local districts within the Mississippi Bend Education Agency (AEA 9) service area with an additional option to meet the vocational needs of students with disabilities. Only students enrolled in high school and receiving special education services are eligible. In addition, students need to identify an appropriate career goal. In order to identify a career goal, they should have completed career exploration activities, as well as any high school vocational courses related to his/her career interest. Students who enroll in ACCESS must be able to perform the essential skills of the selected coursework with reasonable accommodations. ACCESS students MUST remain enrolled at the high school while they are in the program. This enables the school to continue receiving funding, which off-sets the cost of the program. Most schools allow ACCESS students to walk with their graduation class, but they do not give them their diploma until they exit ACCESS. 

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 20
School district or agency partner: Mississippi Bend Education Agency (AEA 9) service area 
Contact person: Jody Beltran
Deadline to apply to this program: April and November
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-21
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • varies
Program length: 1 year
Cost of the program: We are a commuter institution, so there are no housing options. Cost for tuition, books, and individualized support typically range between $3,000-$5000 per semester.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
Time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • None
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

We offer a variety of certificates, diplomas, and AAS degrees.

Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students are eligible to participate in any of our campus clubs and organizations.

Last updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 15:53