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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 772-462-7817
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 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
Deadline to apply to this program: May 22 of each year
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • 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
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 enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive 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.

Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: a variety of certificates, based on the path chosen by the student
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

<p>CPR Certification</p>

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%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

<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