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Crossing Points Certificate in Occupational Studies

Crossing Points Certificate in Occupational Studies
University of Alabama
Crossing Points Certificate in Occupational Studies

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Program Contact Amy Williamson

The CrossingPoints Certificate in Occupational Studies (CCOS) is a non-degree certificate program for young adults with intellectual disabilities who are interested in pursuing postsecondary education at The University of Alabama. CCOS seeks to provide students with intellectual disabilities with high quality and inclusive college experience. Upon successful completion of the CCOS program, you will earn a Certificate in Occupational Studies, which is a non-degree credential. ​

Students enrolled in CCOS program will:
Successfully complete individualized academic enrichment goals by earning passing grades in UA courses that provide inclusive supports and will be measured by the CCOS Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) rubric.
Demonstrate knowledge of community-based skills that support self-determination and self-management by successfully completing a portfolio assessment demonstrating their understanding of critical skills for living independently including, but not limited to financial management, transportation, agency/self-determination in academic enrichment courses.
Demonstrate capacity for self-determination and self-management that also include making sound decisions on personal wellness and socialization as evidenced in earning a rating of Satisfactory as measured by a rubric drawn from the Positive Choices curriculum.
Gain practical experiences in performing essential skills related to their chosen careers as paid employees in community-based employment settings.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
This program will be serving students in: 2019-2020
Description of our summer transition program: The overarching purpose of the CrossingPoints Summer Bridge Program is to provide college-age students with intellectual disabilities a structured opportunity to experience, explore, and develop skills for pursuing postsecondary education at an institution of choice. The program takes place during the two UA summer terms (June and July) following the University summer school calendar. Participating students reside in UA dorms and participate in curriculum that is a blend of CrossingPoints-specific courses and can select up to two UA courses based upon eligibility and interests. Enrolled students will have the opportunity to deepen and hone their self-advocacy and self-determination skills in order to function with a greater degree of independence in areas of social integration, independent living, employment, and academics at UA or in one of two local IHEs of their choice (Shelton State Community College or Stillman College) or at a postsecondary program of choice with follow-along services provided by CrossingPoints personnel for the project duration. ​In addition, students, along with their undergraduate mentors, participate in recreation activities and supported community outings.
Deadline to apply to this program: January 10, 2020
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26
  • Possess functional receptive and expressive communication skills; Have a documented history of meeting behavioral and attendance expectations of past employment, training, and/or educational programs; Have and maintain health insurance at all times while participating in the program; Have the ability to attend to personal, hygiene, and/or medical needs independently, including medication administration, and other routine medical processes and self-care routines. Have the ability or potential to adhere to UA’s social decorum as expressed in the UA Capstone Creed; Meet eligibility guidelines for State agencies (such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Medicaid, Adult DD agencies, etc.); Have a demonstrated ability to manage free time independently; Have a demonstrated ability to self-monitor and self-manage behaviors; Have a demonstrated desire to participate in and complete the program; and Have the ability to participate in a personal interview.
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Tuition amount: $6,540.00
Room and board: $9,000.00
Program specific fees: $14,100.00
Additional costs: $4,000.00
Dining plan is approximately $2000 per semester
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)
  • Scholarships
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

The program includes 24 University of Alabama hours, 10 CPP specialized hours, and 54 internship hours.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Required Independent Living Courses (Specialized): 4 hours

CPP 111 Financial Management
CPP 260 Transportation
CPP 215 Agency Awareness
CPP 312 Living Arrangements
CPP 327 Decision Making
Wellness and Socialization Courses (Specialized): 3 hours
CPP 224 Interpersonal Skills
CPP 244 Health and Wellness
CPP 267 Personal Relationships I
CPP 268 Personal Relationships II
Required Employment Courses (Specialized): 3 hours
CPP 143 Career Exploration
CPP 290 Employment Development
CPP 300 Employment Attainment
CPP 107 Workshop in Technology

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Occupational Studies
The credential(s) is/are: Just for students in this program
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Last updated: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 14:30