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Project ACCESS

Project ACCESS
The College of the Florida Keys
Project ACCESS
5901 College Road
Key West, FL 33040
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Program Contact Katie Norland
Phone (305) 809-3181

Project ACCESS (Accessing Community College Educational experiences, Social experiences and Skills for careers) is the comprehensive transition and postsecondary program is designed to support students with intellectual disabilities who are seeking to continue academic, career and technical, and independent living instruction at an institution of higher education in order to prepare for gainful employment.

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
Number of students: 14
Deadline to apply to this program: 4/1
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Regular high school diploma
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18+
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
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: 80%
Retention rate: 89%
Cost of the program: Tuition - 109.22 per credit Housing - approximately 1146.00 per month Books - approximately 300 per year Meal Plan - approximately 1700 per semester
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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

The students enrolled in Project ACCESS take five Academically Specialized courses within the first year of the program. These five courses focus on life skills, independent living, college readiness, and career preparedness. While these courses are Academically Specialized and openly accessible to the students in Project ACCESS, typical students can request access into these courses.

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: Certificate of Completion, Project ACCESS
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 65%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 90%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Yes, the Certificate of Completion, Project ACCESS has an imbedded industry certification through the National Retail Federation in Customer Service and Sales. Each course prepares the students to sit for this industry certification.

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students in Project ACCESS are some of the most involved on campus. They participate in student organizations such as Student Government Organization, Special Olympics Club, Special Olympics Sports Teams, Leadership Honor Society and more.

Last updated: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 15:37