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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 Marria Partee
Phone 772-462-7817

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 a year or more ago

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: 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).

School district or agency partner: St. Lucie School District
Contact person: Lesa Kitzmiller
Deadline to apply to this program: May 22 of each year
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
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

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
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? 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.

Percentage of academic 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
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:

<p>OCA A: Information Technology Assistant Certificate; Specialized Career Education, Basic Certificate; IRSC Certificate for Transition to College/Employability &amp; 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</p>

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: 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.