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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 https://www.eicc.edu/future-students/high-school-students/access.aspx

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 25, 2021

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
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
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 1 year
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $0.00
Cost of the program:
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:
  • Local School District funds
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time