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CrossingPoints Certificate in Occupational Studies

CrossingPoints Certificate in Occupational Studies
The University of Alabama
CrossingPoints Certificate in Occupational Studies
Box 870232
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Program Contact Dr. Amy Williamson
Phone 205-348-3180
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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
Number of students: 12
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: December 18, 2020
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 19-26
  • 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
  • Autism
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 40%
Retention rate: 100%
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

Costs Per Semester

In State

Approximated Cost for Fall 2020- In State  
Direct Costs  
Tuition $3,270
Room and Board $4,500
Dining Plan $1,968
Program Fee $7,050
TOTAL Direct Costs $16,788
Indirect Costs  
Books $500
Miscellaneous $1,180
TOTAL Indirect Costs $1,680

Out of State

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
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access:

<p>The program includes 24 University of Alabama hours, 10 CPP specialized hours, and 54 internship hours. Academic Enrichment Courses (Inclusive): 24 UA hours -CAT 100 Computer Applications -EN 101 English Composition -COM 123 Public Speaking or COM 225 Small Group Communication -SPE 300 Introduction to Special Education or SW 351 Oppression and Social Injustice -12 additional hours of UA courses based on student’s interests, preferences, and needs (approved by advisor) Employment Internships (Inclusive): 54 hours - CPP 101 Internship I - CPP 102 Internship II - CPP 201 Internship III - CPP 202 Internship IV - CPP 301 Internship V - CPP 302 Internship VI - CPP 401 Internship VII (Optional)</p>

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

<p>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 - CPP 268 Personal Relationships Required Employment Courses (Specialized): 3 hours - CPP 143 Career Exploration - CPP 290 Employment Development - CPP 300 Employment Attainment - CPP 107 Workshop in Technology</p>

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: CrossingPoints Certificate of Occupational Studies
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
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%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students have particpated in various student clubs and organizations, such as the Million Dollar Band, Tennis club, Running club, Afro American Gospel Choir, etc.

Last updated: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 11:30