P.O. Box 98000
Des Moines, WA 98198
ACHIEVE is a college certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities that includes credit and non-credit classes, intensive advising, involvement in campus life, participation in community based internships, and assistance with job placement. The ACHIEVE certificate program at Highline College provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) to continue their education post high school, develop and enhance academic and employment readiness skills in an inclusive community college setting, plan and prepare for a career based on interests and skills, gain job skills in real community based businesses, make lasting friendships, and much more.
All ACHIEVE students are assigned an Intensive Academic Advisor and Employment Consultant who work with the student to draft and implement a comprehensive, individual program of study.
ACHIEVE focuses on three core compentency areas: Classroom, Campus and Career. Students work with advisors to choose classes based on skills and competencies needed to achieve identified academic and career goals. In order to foster community involvement and develop self-advocacy skills, students are required to participate in campus life activities as well as use typical college resources. All students participate in career development experiences, including paid and unpaid internships. Students link with our Employment Services during their final year of the program for assistance with job placement, training and retention. Additionally, students develop a portfolio of evidence that showcases the skills and compentencies developed throughout the program. It is the goal that all students graduate with their certificate, first job and a path to lifelong learning and career.
|Public or private:||Public|
|Type of school:||2-year community college or junior college|
|Is this program a federally funded TPSID program?||Yes|
|Students in this program:||
|Number of students:||53|
|School district or agency partner:||ACHIEVE partners with multiple area school districts to serve students in transition. During the 2017-18 academic year, we are partnering with 8 school districts.|
|Deadline to apply to this program:||March|
|Link to admissions process:||Admissions link|
|Requirements for admission to this program:||
|Accepts out-of-state students:||Yes|
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||Varies from student to student|
|Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates|
|Percent of students applying who are admitted:||100%|
|Cost of the program:||
Students pay the typical cost per credit for college courses. The Highline College tuition and fees schedule can be found at https://registration.highline.edu/registration/tuition/.
Students can access adult employment services during and after the program. These services are typically funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and/or Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).
|Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)?||Yes|
|Students pay for the program in the following ways:||
Students in the program are eligible to apply for some Highline College scholarships. We have had a recipient of the Ruby's Rainbow scholarship attend the program as well.
|Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):||
|More about course access:||
To earn an ACHIEVE Certificate, students must enroll in a minimum number college credits. Students may select courses from general Highline College courses and Continuing Education classes offered on the Highline campus. Students work with their teams to determine which classes will best help them to achieve academic and career goals, and meet certificate credit requirements and learning outcomes.
Students may opt to take courses for credit or audit a course depending on their ability meet the course prerequisites and their specific desired learning outcomes. Students who choose to audit do not earn a final grade nor credit for the course in the traditional manner; rather, they earn credits toward an individualized, college-approved ACHIEVE certificate. Students auditing courses work in partnership with course faculty to develop measurable learning outcomes and a plan to evaluate progress with the support of the Advisor.
|Students take courses that are only for students in this program:||Yes|
|Information on special classes:||
Students participate in a program specific orientation prior to the beginning of their first quarter. Additionally, students take an advising seminar class that guides them through the development of their capstone portfolios.
|Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program:||Less than 25% of the time|
|Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program:||Fast Track to Employment Certificate (36 credits) or Comprehensive Transition Certificate (72 credits)|
|The credential(s) is/are:||
|Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program:||50%|
|Other career development activities are:||
|Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program:||80%|
|We offer the following specialized credentials:||
Students are able to earn other certificates while completing the ACHIEVE certificate depending upon how the student accesses the curriculum (credit/audit). ACHIEVE students have earned ceritificates in Urban Agriculture, Early Childhood Education, Customer Service, Office Support, Human Services, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Youth Development.
|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:||Less than 25% of the time|
|Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:||
ACHIEVE students are full members of the Highline College community. They have access to all student clubs, organizations and leadership development opportunities. Not only do students participate in clubs, ACHIEVE students host their own clubs. In fact, ACHIEVE students have won awards from the Highline College Center for Leadership and Service for developing clubs that are popular and well attended by the general college population.