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Project Forward
Cape Cod Community College
Project Forward
2240 Iyannough Road
West Barnstable, MA 2668
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Program Contact Heather Bish
Phone 774-330-4414
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Project Forward provides students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to gain and maintain vocational skills, keys to independent living and provides a path to social success at Cape Cod Community College. Project Forward is a four semester (two year) program.

Cape Cod Community College is a comprehensive community college on Cape Cod that offers a number of degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of areas. The College is a vibrant community that reflects and includes all ages and races, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Students in Project Forward spend their first year in exploratory classes that expose them to a variety of vocational occupations. Those students are also expected to complete a First Year Student Seminar course, that discusses successfully transitioning into the College community. Students in the second year and beyond immerse their studies in a Concentration selected by them and participate in a required internship that provides hands-on learning opportunities. Students in their second year also take a Workforce Seminar course that enhances their employment skill training.

This two-year program includes the opportunity to audit or take for credit, a mainstream course or take a Project Forward elective, in addition to social experiences on and off campus. Students meet with their advisors to develop a plan to reach their academic, social, and independent goals.

In two alumni surveys conducted by Project Forward between 2006 and 2014, 87 percent of the students have held paying jobs within the past three years (of the survey).

Program information submitted: December 31, 1969

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: 50
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: August 15th
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Downs Syndrome, Prader Willi, FAS
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 100.00%
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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: The Institution provides 3-5 Scholarships specifically for students in the program each year.
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access: Students enrolled in a CTP Track program will either audit a class or take a mainstream class for credit. Project Forward students who not in a CTP Track are also permitted to take college classes if desired.
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: Information can be found here
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: CTP Certificate or Certificate of Completion
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Work Study
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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: They are welcome to join clubs, go to events, use the facilities (help desk, gym, library). Project Forward holds special social events throughout the year as well.