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PALS

PALS
Pensacola
PALS
4585 Isabella Ingram Drive
Pensacola, FL 32504
Program Contact Dondie Roper
Email pals@arc-gateway.org
Phone 850.466.2521
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

The Arc Gateway Program for Adult Learning and Support (PALS) is a career certification program focusing on career certification, increased independence, and preparation to enter the workforce. PALS is designed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to learn new skills and get a job. Most applicants would have received special education services in the K-12 setting through an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan and exited their secondary school with a diploma, GED or certificate of completion. PALS offers a variety of career certification options such as: Administrative Services, Auto Detailing, Carpentry Helper, Cleaning & Maintenance, Food Service, Horticulture Studies, Lawn Care & Maintenance, and Retail Services.
While most students will earn their certification in one year, the program does offer one semester certification tracks. Based on each student’s abilities, PALS staff are able to work the individual, PSC, and other agencies to develop and coordinate a plan for additional college courses that lead to other vocational certification and academic degrees.

Program information submitted: April 20, 2022

General
Public or private: Public
Type of school: Post secondary program of The Arc Gateway
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 42
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: July 15, 2022
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18+
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length
  • 1 year
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 87.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 95.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
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:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
Academic
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) Students do not take typical college courses
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? No
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? No
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 1-24%
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Employment
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 82%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes