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Pensacola State College
1000 College Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32504
Program Contact Dondie Roper
Phone 850.484.1185

The Arc Gateway Program for Adult Learning and Support (PALS) is a career certification program located on the main campus of Pensacola State College. The program provides learning on a college campus that focuses 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.

Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Deadline to apply to this program: June 30, 2019
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Housing is provided to students: No
Last updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 14:53