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STEPS

STEPS
Austin Community College
STEPS
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd.
Austin, TX 78752
Program Contact Christine Price
Email cprice12@austincc.edu
Phone 512-223-7856
Website http://austincc.wixsite.com/accsteps

ACC's STEPS is an up to two year program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities interested in gaining skills to enter the workforce or continue to develop their education. STEPS provides support to help adults achieve their individualized goals. Working together with agencies and schools, we provide comprehensive supports through their entire two years leading towards increased independence and employability. ​

General
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
Number of students: 60
Requirements
Deadline to apply to this program: First day of each semester
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18+
  • Must have a documented intellectual or developmental disability
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Cost
Cost of the program:

Tuition cost is $896 per class

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

STEPS Classes

Getting Ready for College
This course is geared towards supporting students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are getting ready for college. Students learn how to set up their ACCid's and passwords, use their Gmail, learn how to read a syllabus and gain stress management skills and self advocacy skills to use in any classroom.

Academics Skills
Students are taught in a layered curriculum to enhance reading, writing and mathematics. Instruction is planned to build vocational and independent living skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Lesson plans are personalized to each student’s skills and goals.

Computer Fundamentals
The use of specialized software and use of adaptive hardware is included in this class. Vocational technology use includes keyboard use, data entry, and transcription accuracy. System and application software skills appropriate for each student are selected during the admissions interview.

Professionalism in the Workplace
Students with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities will benefit from the course. The course will focus on appropriate social behavior at school or work. Students will practice appropriate workplace behavior, learn about building healthy friendships and how to handle conflict.

Financial Literacy
This course provides financial literacy skills to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students learn how to manage their money, calculate interest rates, using a credit card, debit card and learn how to identify fees while banking.

Administrative Procedures
Students learn basic Microsoft Applications, typing skills, filing and use of office equipment. Vocational skills in a variety of job specific activities are addressed as individuals develop specific areas of interest. Opportunities for transfer into other Continuing Education classes are also explored.

Principles of Retailing
The course is designed to develop skills to get and keep a job. Students develop customer service skills, money management, how to create displays and point of sale. Vocational skills in a variety of job specific activities are addressed as individuals develop specific areas of interest. Opportunities for transfer into other Continuing Education classes are also explored.

Business English
This course is designed to introduce students to the different forms of writing styles within business and the importance of planning, writing, revising, and editing business messages. Students seeking this course should be able to demonstrate the fundamental computer skills and working knowledge of all Microsoft 2013 Applications and demonstrate knowledge of basic parts of speech and punctuation.

Business Math
This course is designed to build skills for life and work. Created especially for students with moderate to mild intellectual developmental disabilities, this course is for students who would like to explore business math in a supportive environment. Students will learn basic accounting skills, functional academics as well as retail mathematics

Workplace Communication
This course is designed to introduce students to the process of communication and how it is used to effectively send messages in the workplace. Students will increase comprehension of written and verbal information. Students selecting this course should be able to demonstrate the fundamental computer skills and working knowledge of all Microsoft 2013 Applications, have the verbal and social skills to present a short speech and demonstrate knowledge of basic parts of speech and punctuation.

Transition to Work
Students will learn to use community resources, gain job skills through volunteering, developing resumes, job applications, interview skills, and developing appropriate workplace behavior. Students will use previously developed skills to volunteer at a place of their choosing 1 day per week for a minimum of 1 hour.

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: Occupational Skills Award
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Continuing education credential
  • Just for students in this program
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 80%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Our students have the option to continue their education to other certification through ACC Continuing Education or Austin Community College.

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: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

ACC Student Life offers a wide variety of extra activities for our students.

Last updated: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:01