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Project STAGE

Project STAGE
Indian River State College
Project STAGE
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
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Program Contact JoAnn Pagano
Program Contact Email
Phone 772-462-7917
Website Program website

Project STAGE (Students Transitioning to Academic & Gainful Employment) supports students with intellectual disabilities (ID) while they pursue education and employment in their chosen occupation. Students receive academic training; job shadowing opportunities; internships; inclusive classes; joining student clubs & organizations; attending campus events and building relationships with IRSC student mentors.

Program information submitted: January 30, 2023

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 22
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Deadline to apply to this program: YES
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length:
  • 3 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 55.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 86.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $2800.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $1,920.00

Personnel Computers , Books, lunches, trips.

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:
  • Scholarships
Scholarships available:

Fund distributed through FCSUA

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access:

84% of our students are enrolled in college level courses. The remainder are enrolled in SLS classes and OTS (office skills)

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

An SLS class was created for all students to enroll in. The continue to take this class through their first two years. OTA (office skills0 is also taken the first and second semester. At the conclusion of the first year most of our college the students then progress to take credit classes.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Office Skill Training
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?

Culinary, Digital Design, Computers, Auto, Childcare, Central Sterile Processing,

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Career Development is provided by our career center.

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
  • College/University's Graduation