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PACE Services - College to Career

PACE Services - College to Career
Community Colleges of Spokane
PACE Services - College to Career
3305 W. Fort George Wright Drive
MS 3090
Spokane, WA 99224
Program Contact Jason Stariwat
Email jason.stariwat@scc.spokane.edu
Phone 509.279.6033
Website http://sccel.spokane.edu/PACE.aspx

College to Career is a transition program for students with intellectual disabilities age 18-24 offered through PACE Services at the Community Colleges of Spokane. 

This program helps students prepare for gainful employment and/or continuing postsecondary education in their field of choice through college-level coursework, social integration on campus, career development experiences, and a serious focus on self-growth and development of independent living skills.

Students take a series of preparatory courses and engage in the Comprehensive Individualized Planning process with their Transition Coach during their first quarter.  From the Comprehensive Individualized Plan, students create a Targeted Course of Study comprised of standard classes offered through the Community Colleges of Spokane.  Students take classes that contribute to the development of vocational skills and/or academic knowledge related directly to their chosen field while also participating in coursework specifically for students in the program.

Program-specific classes are both seminar- and project-based and cover topics such as the transition to college, academic success skills, self-discovery, self-advocacy, accommodations and assistive technologies, campus and community safety, classroom and workplace communication, healthy living and healthy relationships, independent living, and employment preparation (including internship experiences).

The Community Colleges of Spokane offers a vast array of academic and professional/technical coursework through over 260 degree and certificate options.  College to Career students access standard courses that align with their Targeted Course of Study and goals for gainful employment and/or continuing education.

Students also take at least one health and wellness related course each quarter and have access to the campus fitness facility.

Students take part in ‘college life’ on the Community Colleges of Spokane campuses by participating in student clubs, campus events, and college activities and by reflecting on their experiences through a Campus Involvement Independent Study class.

Each student is supported by a well-rounded team of professional staff including a Transition Coach, Employment Specialists, Program Manager, as well as staff from the college Disability Support Services Offices.  Students are also paired with student Peer Partners in Learning with whom they meet regularly to work on the goals and objectives each student outlines in their Quarterly Learning Agreement.  Additionally, with a strong focus on emotional and physical health and wellness, each student creates a Quarterly Wellness Plan with objectives and measures of growth to work on with a Student Wellness Coach.

Overall, students in the College to Career program can expect to get a taste of college life, along with all the responsibilities, challenges, fun, and friendships of a Community College experience, while working with a supportive team every step of the way!

General
Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 26
Description of our summer transition program:

PACE Services, the umbrella under which College to Career exists, offers a Pre-Employment and Transition Services Summer Academy funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for High School students ages 16-21.  Eligible College to Career students may apply to participate in the Summer Academy which includes 4 weeks of classroom-based employment skills instruction and 4 weeks of paid hands-on internship experience.

Requirements
Deadline to apply to this program: First Friday in March Each Year
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-24
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 74%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost
Cost of the program: College to Career supports and transition-focused classes are free of costs to students. The costs associated with the College to Career program are the same as those incurred by all other students who attend the Community Colleges of Spokane. Total approximate 2-year cost range = $4030.80 - $12,256.40. The charges each student incurs can vary drastically depending on how many courses they enroll in and book/class material costs. Financial supports are available! Please complete the FAFSA, apply for scholarships, coordinate with your VR Counselor, or coordinate with your school district for funding.
Additional costs:

$20 Fitness Center Fee Per Quarter (optional).

$27 Parking Pass Per Quarter (If applicable).

$22 Student Bus Pass during Summer Quarter (If applicable).

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
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Academic
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
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Program-specific classes are both seminar- and project-based and cover topics such as the transition to college, academic success skills, self-discovery, campus involvement, self-advocacy and self-determination, accommodations and assistive technologies, campus and community safety, classroom and workplace communication, healthy living and healthy relationships, independent living, and employment preparation (including internship experiences).

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: 1-year Certificate in Career Studies or 2-year Certificate in Advanced Career Studies
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 29%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
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 in the College to Career program are required to participate in campus clubs, activities, and events, and reflect on them in a meaningful way to earn credit for their Campus Involvement Independent Study class each quarter.

Students have participated in a variety of student-organized clubs on campus such as the Photography Club, Anime Club, Gamers' Club, Younglife, Art Club, Associated Women's Club, Speak Out! Communication Club, Falls Christian Fellowship, Astronomy Club, American Sign Language Club, Black Student Union, and more.

Students attend many fun and exciting events on campus such as planetarium shows, BBQs, drive-in movies, music events, chalk drawing contests, artist talks, open yoga, lecture series, Wellness Fairs, cultural celebrations, sporting events, and more.

Last updated: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 13:09