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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
Email kathleen_conwell@hcpss.org
Phone 443-518-4479
Website Program website

A Howard County Public School Systems vocational and life skills program supporting certificate students aged 18-21 in their last years of public school education.
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.

Program information submitted: February 16, 2022

General
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: 25
Affiliates
School district or agency partner: Howard County
Contact person: Dawson Robertson
Email: Dawson_Robertson@hcpss.org
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Deadline to apply to this program: NA
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-21
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length
  • 2 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 50.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
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
Academic
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities)
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? No
Students take courses that are only for students in this program:
Students take STEM-related courses? No
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 1-24%
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? No
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 25%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No