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ACCESS (Iowa)

ACCESS (Iowa)
Eastern Iowa Community College District
ACCESS (Iowa)
500 Belmont Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Program Contact Jen Aplington
Email japlington@eicc.edu
Phone 563-441-4355
Website Program website

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. 

Program information submitted: February 22, 2022

General
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: 11
Affiliates
School district or agency partner: Mississippi Bend Education Agency (AEA 9) service area 
Contact person: Jody Beltran
Email: jbeltran@aea9.k12.ia.us
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: through 21
  • students must be able to perform the essential skills of the selected coursework with reasonable accommodations
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length
  • 1 year
  • Varies from student to student
Cost
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Local School District funds
Academic
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities)
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Students take STEM-related courses? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 100%
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? All certificates, diplomas, and AA/AS/AAS degrees offered by the college are open to ACCESS students
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? Yes
Employment
Other career development activities are:
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Campus events