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Project Access

Project Access
Palo Alto College
Project Access
1400 W Villaret Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78224
Program Contact Cindy Morgan
Phone 210-486-3020

Project Access is a unique program offered to individuals with documented intellectual disabilities. It is designed to support students to access postsecondary education in order to develop skills 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: 57
Deadline to apply to this program: May 1st for fall semester and November 1st for spring semester
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Regular high school diploma
  • 18+
  • HS diploma or GED
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 47%
Retention rate: 90%
Cost of the program: $638 - $940 per semester for 6-7 credit hours based on In-District tuition rate
Additional costs: $50.00
There is a book that is required for the first semester, SDEV 0370 that needs a textbook. The other classes use OER (online educational resources).
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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
Time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: General Office Level 1 Certificate
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Open to all students at Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 42%
Other career development activities are:
  • None
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

I cannot answer the question above, because those students have continued on earning additional certificates. Only 1 student that year chose to leave early .
The level 1 certificates are in the area of business and will give students the marketable skills to get a job in an office setting or customer service environment.

Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: More than 75%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Delta Sigma Omicron, student organization run by the Disability Support Services Department, PACfest, Official Fiesta event in San Antonio, Alternative Winter Break in Boston, MA participating in a service learning project.

Last updated: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 15:53