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Post Secondary Functional Academic Learning Support (PSFALS) Program

Post Secondary Functional Academic Learning Support (PSFALS) Program
Community College of Baltimore County (several locations)
Post Secondary Functional Academic Learning Support (PSFALS) Program

, MD
Program Contact Bernadette Fotopoulos
Phone 443-809-3660

The Post Secondary Functional Academic Learning Support (PSFALS) program is located at Community College of Baltimore County campuses in Essex, Dundalk, Catonsville and Owings Mills and also at Towson University. Our college-based transition programs are for 19-21 year old high school students with significant cognitive disabilities who have met eligibility requirements and gone through the referral process while enrolled in a Baltimore County Public High School. Essential 21st century real world application skills are taught and generalized through direct classroom instruction; campus/community work sites; college course opportunities; navigating transition connections such as agency tours, job fairs, portfolio development and interviews; community based instruction; mobility training; participation in clubs, organizations, campus and community social events which bridge friendships and camaraderie with typically developing peers; a variety of volunteer service-oriented community contributions; as well as inter-campus networking and collaborative activities. Our programs provide diverse opportunities for career development, through utilizing and showcasing students’ interests, strengths, gifts, and capabilities. The programs are an option of high school special education offerings for college and career readiness, while still including staff in district-wide professional development trainings, the IEP team process, updates on teaching, learning, and curricular resources, funding, staffing and transportation. 

Program information submitted a year or more ago

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: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 55
Description of our summer transition program:

We use IEP ESY services to transition to the program in order to register for fall classes, learn to navigate campus while it's relatively empty, and to complete interest inventories or sample work opportunities for small periods of time.

School district or agency partner: Baltimore County Public Schools
Contact person: Bernadette Fotopoulos
Deadline to apply to this program: Students can express interest in the program at their IEP meeting
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • multiple disabilities and specific learning disabilities
Program length: 2 years
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Local School District funds
Scholarships available:

<p>Families contribute what they can towards tuition costs, the school district covers the remaining balance.</p>

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

Courses have not been open historically at Towson, however students participating at the community college sometimes participate in  college 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:

We provide real-world application skill instruction towards independence, vocational skills, and IEP goals.

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 5%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 5%
We offer the following specialized credentials:


Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
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: 75%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students participate in campus-wide events such as social events, fundraising events, or holiday celebrations with the campus peers. They also are welcomed to attend sporting events, shows, and concerts on their own after hours. Best Buddies at the University, and other clubs on different campuses