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Project Forward

Project Forward
Cape Cod Community College
Project Forward
2240 Iyannough Road
West Barnstable, MA 02668
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Program Contact Heather Bish-Martin
Phone 774-330-4414

Project Forward is a Vocational Skills Education & Keys to Independent Living program at Cape Cod Community College. Project Forward provides students with learning differences the opportunity to gain and maintain vocational skills, keys to independent living, and the path to social success at Cape Cod Community College.

Project Forward recognizes that traditional college instruction, even with tutorial support, may be unmanageable for students. At the same time, these students may wish to further their vocational skills and have the same social opportunities that other students have at the college level. Project Forward provides a transitional skills training experience within its own unique curriculum for these students provided by the instructors and facilities of the college. While at the college, Project Forward students also have the opportunity to join clubs and participate in extra-curricular activities. Project Forward is a non-credit, certificate program. Students may opt to coordinate their course of study at Project Forward with courses in developmental education (to improve basic reading, writing, and math skills) and/or areas of special interest at Cape Cod Community College. Students and parents need to be aware that enrollment in credit-earning college courses is an entirely separate process from Project Forward.

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: 120
Deadline to apply to this program: June 30th
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS − PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:  are free from disruptive behavior  do not pose a substantial health and/or safety risk to themselves or others  are vocationally motivated and have realistic outcome-based goals  are able to attend (focus on task-at-hand) for 30+ minutes  are able to interact with peers in a positive and constructive manner in classroom and social settings  demonstrate the ability to use good judgment, maintain professional behavior, and perform with minimal supervision in a community college and employment setting Students must have completed, or be in, a high school program.
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • All of the above (intellectual disability, autism, other)
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 87%
Retention rate: 98%
Tuition amount: $4,500.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
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
Scholarships available:

Students are eligible to receive various scholarships

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access:

Students who have a high school diploma may take the Accuplacer Placement test and take mainstream courses, but this process is outside of the Project Forward curriculum.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students take vocational courses and Workforce Seminar courses.

Time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 10%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 25%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Yes. A certificate of completion in their area of concentration.

Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Dances, Program sponsored events, Campus Clubs

Last updated: Friday, August 2, 2019 - 09:56