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Career and Community Studies

Career and Community Studies
Portland State University
Career and Community Studies
Graduate School of Education, Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97201
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Program Contact Mary Morningstar
Phone (503) 725-4685

Our mission is to offer a fully inclusive college experience for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) with the expectation that matriculated students will have access and opportunity to the same services, programs and courses as other PSU students. Each student's college experience is individually designed to support inclusive academic and career experiences leading to meaningful, integrated employment and self-determination. At the completion of this 4-year college experience, successful students earn the pre-baccalaureate certificate of Career and Community Studies (CCS).

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
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: Portland Public Schools
Contact person: Thelina McDaniel
Deadline to apply to this program: March 2nd
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18 years and above
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
  • Students 18-21 years are currently dual enrolled in Portland Public Schools. Students who have aged out of school services (over 21 years of age) are currently Oregon residents.

Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 67%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program:

Tuition and fees are approximately $5,144 for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

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:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

<p>Starting in fall 2018, CCS-TCIO will be offering the Mountain Crest Counseling (MCC) Scholarship to applicants and students starting in fall 2018. We estimate that 3-5 MCC scholarships between $1500 and $2500 will be awarded.</p>

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students are enrolled in 1-2 typical college courses per term offered by the university. In partnership with university professors and the CCS-TCIO academic coordinator, courses are taken for credit with a Pass/No Pass option and an individual learning plan (ILP) is developed with needed modifications to support learning of the course objectives. Some students may choose to take courses for a grade if they believe they can complete the course requirements without modifications.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students are enrolled in CCS certificate course each term in which they meet with an advisor weekly to set and monitor their goals, receive individualized academic coaching supports and attend 3 seminars a term to support their success in college.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Career and Community Studies
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students currently participate in Outdoor Rec, dances, Rec Center classes (including zumba, yoga, lap swim), Table tennis club, Kickboxing club and Hillel.

Last updated: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 12:51