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Project STAGE

Project STAGE
Indian River State College
Project STAGE
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Program Contact Marria Partee
Email mpartee@irsc.edu
Phone 772-462-7817
Website https://www.irsc.edu/programs/project-stage.html

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.

General
Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 12
Description of our summer transition program:

Summer session will cover topics of wellness (personal health, nutrition & physical fitness); transportation access (safely & independently accessing and traveling using public transportation); career readiness (job seeking skills, resume & interviews) and financial readiness (income and expenditures, budgeting and savings).

Affiliates
School district or agency partner: St. Lucie School District
Contact person: Lesa Kitzmiller
Email: lesa.kitzmiller@stlucieschools.org
Requirements
Deadline to apply to this program: May 22 of each year
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Regular high school diploma
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • Students must be able travel/navigate independently while on campus; have transportation to & from college; have a checking account and a cell phone; and be able to communicate with/without assistive technology.
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Language Impaired, Speech Impaired
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 32%
Retention rate: inf%
Cost
Cost of the program:

$2.56 per clock hour; $103.83 per college credit, Florida Resident; and $390.49 per college credit, Non-Florida Resident

Additional costs: $1,920.00

Books and tools between $800 and $1200 per year. Meals per semester $720.00

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
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

Florida Prepaid College Program; Scholarships from the Grant at University of Central Florida - Unique Abilities

Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

Students are enrolled in the career training programs.

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

Students will take will take a course in Topics in Work Skills, Specialized Career Education Basic, 1, 2, and 3. These classes are not inclusive classes.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between half the time and 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: a variety of certificates, based on the path chosen by the student
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Continuing education credential
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Open to all students at Institute of Higher Education
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 15%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

OCA A: Information Technology Assistant Certificate; Specialized Career Education, Basic Certificate; IRSC Certificate for Transition to College/Employability & Career Exploration with Job Shadowing; OCP A: Basic Healthcare Worker Certificate; OCP B: Nurse Aide and Orderly Certificate; 40 Hour Statewide Child Care Certificate; OCP A: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Helper Certificate; OCP A: Automobile Service Assistor Certificate; OCP B: Front Desk Specialist Certificate; plus can choose from other certificate programs

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

Students will join a campus club; have peer mentors; and attend campus activities and events.

Last updated: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 08:01