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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.

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: 15
Deadline to apply to this program: none
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-21
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
  • Students with documented intellectual disabilities are eligible for referral to the INVEST program if they meet the following criteria: • Have not met High School Graduation Requirements • Student’s IEP notes a need for Transition Services beyond High School to support post-secondary outcomes. • Ability to attend to personal care needs • Ability to safely and independently navigate the college campus after initial orientation and training.
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program: School Districts pay for transition students 18-21. Graduated students pay $1400-$2000 a quarter for tuition, books and supplies.
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
Students take these types of "typical" 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:

Students may receive the college credit or the INVEST credit it the curriculum is altered.

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

Communications & Self Advocacy
Career Inventory
Interview Skills
Critical Thinking
Balance Work & Life
Customer Service
Art Therapy
Home Cooking
Personal Finance

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: INVEST 1 year or 2 year Employability Certificate
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 90%
Housing is provided to students: No
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:

Clubs on campus that current students are active: Campus Christian Fellowship, Veterans Club, Women's Club, Photography Club, Writing Club and Chef's Club

Last updated: Monday, November 4, 2019 - 08:39