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College to Career (C2C)

College to Career (C2C)
West Los Angeles College
College to Career (C2C)
9000 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230
Program Contact Danielle Sheppard
Phone 310-287-4284

The focus of the C2C program is to provide students with the education, training, and tools necessary to obtain jobs related to each student's unique set of abilities, skills, and interests. The College to Career program is an approximately three year program (tailored to each student) with end goals leading to competitive integrated employment (CIE) for each student. West Los Angeles College’s C2C program aims to prepare students for competitive employment that is:
-Paid at a rate of minimum wage or higher
-Paid at a rate comparable to non-disabled workers performing the same tasks
-Not short-term or of limited work hours that are less than what the C2C graduate would like to be working
-Not a sheltered workshop- employees with disabilities are integrated with non-disabled staff in the workplace
-Fitting to their stated interests
Students enroll in courses related to their education and employment plans tailored to employment readiness and career focus. The students participate in job shadowing, volunteer, or internships during their time in the program, to support their successful transition into competitive employment at the end of the program. Most students typically start with classes designed to help them make the academic transition from high school to college level work. Students work regularly with program staff to develop and reach their goals, including academic and employment plans. The West Los Angeles College C2C Program started accepting students in the 2015-2016 academic year. Twenty new students are accepted each year.
If you are not sure yet if C2C would be a good fit for you contact the director to find out more: Danielle Sheppard, Director of College to Career

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: 45
School district or agency partner: Department of Rehabilitation
Contact person: Robin Langman
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admission
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
Accepts out-of-state students: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • must be regional center/DDS eligible, IQ of 85 or below.
Program length: Varies from student to student
Cost of the program: Students get support from Department of Rehabilitation to pay tuition and fees if the student does not qualify for financial aid that will pay those costs.
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:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

Students can enroll in any course offered by West LA College. C2C students are usually encouraged to begin with classes selected to help them successfully transition into the level of academic work expected at college and to continue to take classes that develop their "soft skills" for employment such as communication, stress management, time management, etc. Those classes are not limited in enrollment by only C2C students.

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: Depends of course of study completed
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Open to all students at Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Most C2C students are completing the Job Readiness and Workplace Preparedness Certificates. Any CTE (Career Technical Education) Certificate or Degree on campus is possible. These including hospitality, child development/early childhood education, customer service, computer applications – general office, custodial career and many more.

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
Last updated: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 18:08