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Community Connection Program

Community Connection Program
Howard Community College
Community Connection Program
10901Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
Program Contact Kathleen Connell
Phone 443-518-4479

A Howard County Public School Systems vocational and life skills program supporting students aged 18-21.

Community Connection eases the transition to independent adult life for transition-aged students with mild to moderate disabilities. The program, located on the Howard Community College campus, helps students develop the skills essential for success in work, social, and community environments. Skills addressed: Finding employment. Workplace skills. Financial literacy (money management, budgeting, and shopping). Appropriate behavior in work and social settings. Navigating independently. Self advocacy. Recreation and leisure. Students sharpen these skills while working and functioning in the community, with guidance and support from Community Connections staff.

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: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 26
School district or agency partner: Howard
Contact person: Dawson Robertson
Deadline to apply to this program: Spring of each year
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-21
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Other Health Impaired, Multiple Disabilities
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 94%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program: The Community Connections Program is a Howard County Public Schools Vocational/life skills program located on the Howard Community College campus.
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:
  • Local School District funds
Scholarships available:

This program is for certificate students enrolled in the public school system until age 21.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access:

The majority of our students do not take typical college courses; however whenever possible students may take typical college courses for audit.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: High School Certificate of Completion
The credential(s) is/are: Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 2%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 5%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Childcare Aide certification

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: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Anime Club, Volunteer Girls Soccer team manager’s assistant.

Last updated: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 15:02