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College 2 Career
San Diego Community College District
College 2 Career
3375 Camino del Rio South
Suite 275
San Diego, CA 92108
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Program Contact Jeff Higginbotham
Phone 619.388.6983

College 2 Career is a cooperative contract program between the San Diego Community College District and the California Department of Rehabilitation and jointly serves individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder who also receive services from the San Diego Regional Center. Participants must be served by both agencies.  Students may attend classes at Miramar College, City College and Mesa College as well as any of the continuing education campuses in the San Diego Community College district.  They participate in colleges classes with 50% of student load in general coursework and 50% in College 2 Career educational assistance classes that focus on college success, life management and employment related success. The program goal is to better prepare students with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder with tools needed to complete college coursework and prepare for competitive, integrated employment. Students may participate in grant activities for up to three years. Potential students will be 22 years of age or have completed high school (or the equivalent). An application and interview with College 2 Career program staff must be completed for acceptance.

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: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 73
School district or agency partner: San Diego Community College District - California Department of Rehabilitation - San Diego Regional Center
Deadline to apply to this program: End of November each year
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
Accepts out-of-state students: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 36%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program:

$46-$184 per course. Depends upon costs for textbooks. Textbooks and additional fees, so long as the courses are supported by DOR, are often paid for by DOR if the student doesn't qualify for Financial Aid/Pell Grant first.

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:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

Kevin Starks Memorial Scholarship throught the San Diego Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities; Foundation for Developmental Disabilities Peterson Scholarship

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Occupational Opportunities course: career exploration; campus navigation; self-advocacy; life managment skills

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: degree is specific to their individual course of study through the college
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Continuing education credential
  • Open to all students at Institute of Higher Education
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
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: Between 25% and half the of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Difficult question to answer specific to time spent with students participating within the program and outside of the program as this is not monitored or individually assessed. Students participating within the C2C program do participate in other campus groups and extra curricular activities with development of specific clubs/groups such as, Best Buddies" or other student groups focusing upon inclusion and awareness.

Last updated: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 09:49