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The Center of Adult Transition, ACCESS Program

The Center of Adult Transition, ACCESS Program
Hudson County Community College
The Center of Adult Transition, ACCESS Program
161 Newkirk St
Jersey City, NJ 7306
Program Contact Maritza Reyes
Program Contact Email
Phone 201-360-5477
Website Program website

The Center for Adult Transition (CAT) believes everyone deserves purposeful academic and workforce opportunities in which one feels productive and prospers. Our mission is to inspire those developmentally and intellectually challenged to transition into an academic certificate, degree program, or workforce. We will create and illuminate opportunities for Hudson County Community College's (HCCC) CAT students that advance social equity, environmental stewardship, and economic success into adulthood. The ACCESS Program is a ten-week pre-college workforce transitional program based on a differential learning structure. The courses will teach Fundamental Life Skills/Student Success, Work-readiness, and Computer Literacy (Microsoft Word and Excel Training).

Program information submitted: July 20, 2023

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Ongoing Open Enrollment
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 17-24
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • All Intellectual and Developmental Disabilites
Program length: 1 year
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $99.00
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)
  • Grant Funding
  • Students who demonstrate under 125% of The Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL) can apply for a grant-funded scholarship.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
  • Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access:

All interested students are able to enroll in credit and non-credit courses at HCCC.

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

Life Coping Skills Course, Work-Readiness Course, Digital Literacy Course, Microsoft Word Course, Microsoft Excel Course

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Supply Chain Management, Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, Finance and Technology, and more

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)
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Additional information about career development and work experience:

A main component of the ACCESS program focuses on career exploration and work readiness. Our team will help students develop a person-centered plan and map action steps toward meeting their career goals.

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
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation