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Build Your Future

Build Your Future
Sheridan Technical College
Build Your Future
1300 Melissa Ln
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33325
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Program Contact Eileen Santiago
Program Contact Email
Phone 754-321-8455
Website Program website
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The Build Your Future Program currently provides adults with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to increase social, independent living, and employability skills as well as an opportunity to participate in a post-secondary inclusive experience at Sheridan Technical College. Here the curriculum is designed to prepare students to meet the employment needs of South Florida with a focus on industry certification. The goal of the Build Your Future program is to increase students’ employability skills and ability to join the local workforce in sustained, non-subsidized employment. With the guidance of college and District staff, students will gain increased levels of independence, reading, math, technical, self-determination, self-advocacy, life-readiness, and employability skills. Students may be progressed to a Sherian Career Technical Education (CTE) program pending pre-college competency skills mastery. Each CTE program curriculum at McFatter is focused on earning Industry Certifications in the respected career pathway.

Program information submitted: January 25, 2023

Public or private: Public
Type of school: Technical or vocational/trade school
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 6
School district or agency partner: Broward County Public Schools
Contact person: Christy Bradford
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length:
  • 1 year
  • 2 years
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:
  • Scholarships
Scholarships available:

Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities funds $7,000 scholarships for students accepted into the Build Your Future program.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students are required to participate in a specialized pre-requisite course before transitioning to the fully inclusive CTE program.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Post Secondary Adult Vocational Completion Certificate
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Industry Certification related to CTE program

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Graduation