College to Career (C2C) programs are part of a cooperative case service contract with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) developed in FY 2010-2011 in collaboration with the California Community Colleges’ Chancellor’s Office. Eight Community Colleges have C2C programs funded by DOR. Each college is funded $250,000 per year, to provide a coordinated a set of activities designed to promote movement from college to employment for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) and Autism.. The EightC2C programs are: Sacramento City College, College of Alameda, Santa Rosa Jr. College, North Orange County Community College District, San Diego Community College District, Fresno City College, Shasta College, and West Los Angeles College. Each program will provide instruction, campus supports, job development and placement services for students who are both DOR and Regional Center clients. The programs may accept 20 students each year. Students will receive instruction and support with the goal of securing competitive integrated employment in a career area of their choice.
College to Career programs were designed to incorporate the requirements of Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with ID as articulated in the Higher Education Act of 2008 as follows:
- Instruction and program activities are offered at a college
- Program services support students with ID who are seeking to continue academic, career and technical and independent living instruction to prepare for gainful employment
- Support services include guidance and advising
- Students with ID interact with non-ID students for at least ½ of their participation in the programs in academic components and other opportunities for inclusive coursework and activities
To facilitate student learning and transition to employment, C2C students have opportunities to participate in work-based learning, volunteer opportunities,, internships and related activities. Support services provided to students include job coaching, educational coaching and use other innovative technologies to support academic and employment success.