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Ventura College
4667 Telegraph Rd.
Ventura, CA 93003
Program Contact Steve Turner
Program Contact Email
Phone Steve Turner
Website Program website

The ICAN JOB certificate of completion is an employment preparation and workplace skills program designed for individuals with autism and/or intellectual disabilities, but is open to anyone who can benefit. Courses in this program are designed to meet the needs of employers, specifically addressing concerns in the areas of “soft skills”, communication, basic math, and understanding of computer processes and software. This program does not lead to a specific career pathway, but rather prepares students to be valuable employees who are prepared with the skills employers most desire. As part of the program, students will perform a personal assessment of strengths and interests to assist them in examining potential careers or career laddering. Following completion of this program, students may continue into an educational pathway leading to a Certificate of Achievement or Associates Degree in the career of their choice with placement support.

Program information submitted: May 20, 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
Number of students: 50
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Open fall and spring enrollment
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-60
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Open to all who can benefit, please call or email Steve
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 90.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 70.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $80.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $300.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
Scholarships available:

Ventura College Foundation

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

Student activities, sports, community festivals, and resources.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: ICAN-JOB Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

AA, Certificate in Auto Technology, Water Science, Vet Assistant, Business, Accounting, etc.

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: 60%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

State Department of Rehabilitation

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: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation