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Skagit Valley College
2405 E College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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Program Contact Lisa Forsythe
Phone 360-416-7969

INVEST is a postsecondary transition program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Each certificate will be adjusted to fit the student’s goals and career choice, as students take technical classes related to their career choices and will be involved on campus, in the classroom and in the community to help build skills.
Through campus, classroom, and vocational training, students will have increased self-advocacy, independence, and competence in:
• Setting and communicating needs, wants, and long and short-term goals;
• Identifying and developing transferable and marketable occupational and job attainment skills;
• Community responsibility and membership through activities which foster and support engagement, sustainability, and social reciprocity
• Critical thinking skills including self-reflection of learning and information gathering and analysis; and
• Collaborating effectively with others, demonstrating respect for diversity and global perspectives, and recognizing and responding to varying levels of interpersonal relationships.

Program information submitted: March 17, 2021

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: 25
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
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 14.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $4000.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Information on special classes: Employment services class
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: 1 Year Fast Track to Employment or 2 Year Employability Cetificate
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 30%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • 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 is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Campus clubs