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Project Forward

Project Forward
Cape Cod Community College
Project Forward
2240 Iyannough Road
West Barnstable, MA 2668
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Program Contact Stacia Bradley
Program Contact Email
Phone 774-330-4763
Website Program website
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Project Forward is a nationally renowned program that provides vocational training for students with intellectual disabilities. Project Forward was the first program in Massachusetts to be granted Comprehensive Transition Program status by the US Department of Education enabling students to apply for and receive financial aid (if qualified).

Housed on the campus of Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, MA, Project Forward has been nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education and The School-to-Work Outreach Project as an exemplary school-to-work model serving students with intellectual disabilities since 1988.

Students in the program receive hands-on experience in multiple vocations, including Agriculture and Facilities, Childcare, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Mass Communications and Broadcasting, and Retail Operations Management. With a dedication to helping those with intellectual disabilities thrive in their everyday lives, the program has an employment rate of more than 87 percent for graduates.

Program information submitted: January 30, 2023

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 67
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: April 21, 2023
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Down's Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, etc
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $2260.00
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: We have 4-5 institution scholarships available through the CC Community College Educational Foundation
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Students have the option to take mainstream college courses for audit or credit. All CTP students must discuss inclusive opportunities with their advisor.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Project Forward offers core vocational courses, as well as Seminar courses which are a required part of the curriculum. Additionally, four elective courses are offered but not required.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 1-24%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of completion or CTP Certificate
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? ServSafe Certification
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 40%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 40%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Students are required to do an Internship in their second year
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 25-49%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation