Florida Keys Community College has developed a comprehensive transition and postsecondary program (CTP) for students with intellectual disabilities (ID), learning disabilities (LD) and autism entitled Project ACCESS (Accessing Community College Educational experiences, Social experiences, and Skills for careers).
Project ACCESS will prepare students with the noted disabilities, over a 2 to 3-year period, to complete an individualized, vocational and technical-based curriculum that results in Certificate of Completion. This program is designed to meet the growing need to provide postsecondary educational opportunities to students with these disabilities and also prepare them for gainful employment in the community.
Project ACCESS will provide on-campus transition services that include individualized, person-centered, post-secondary opportunities to eligible students. The mission of Project ACCESS is to support students who are seeking to continue academic, career and technical, and independent living instruction at an institution of higher education in order to prepare them for gainful employment. Project ACCESS will accomplish this mission through comprehensive and structured curricula that include academics, social activities, employment experience and independent living skills that are instrumental for the students’ selected field of study.
Susan Chiappone, Coordinator of Transition Programs