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ConneXions PostSecondary Program

ConneXions PostSecondary Program
Cleveland Community College
ConneXions PostSecondary Program
137 S Post Rd
Shelby, NC 28152
Program Contact Chad Chastain, Career Services Coordinator, Cleveland Community College
Program Contact Email
Phone 704-669-4224
Website Program website

The ConneXions PostSecondary Program is a collaboration among Cleveland County Schools, Cleveland Community College, Vocational Rehabilitation and Community Partners. The mission of the ConneXions Program encourages students with disabilities to: Achieve post-secondary education and employment goals. Become responsible learners and workers. Improve communication skills. Increase social interactions with classroom instructors, supervisors, co-workers, and others. Increase self-advocacy skills. Demonstrate a motivation and initiative towards becoming a responsible worker.

Program information submitted: July 14, 2022

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 42
Summer program name ConneXions Summer Enrichment
Description of our summer transition program:

The ConneXions Summer Enrichment Program is for recent graduates who will transition into the ConneXions program in the Fall Semester. This Enrichment Program focuses on the skills needed to transition into college.

Summer program link: ConneXions Summer Enrichment
School district or agency partner: Cleveland County Schools
Contact person: Wendy Fitch, Executive Director, Exceptional Children
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: March 1st
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-22
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • No disability category is excluded
Program length:
  • 2 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Additional costs: $0.00

The costs associated with the program vary on the courses that are taken.

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
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

There are many scholarships in the local schools for students with disabilities to attend college.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: ConneXIons Program Completion Certificate
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 62%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • IHE Student orientation
  • IHE Family orientation
  • IHE Graduation