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 county’s 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 includes the academics, social activities, employment experience, and independent living skills that are instrumental for the students’ selected field of study.
Karla Malsheimer, Coordinator for Transition Programs
Students in the program are required to take non-credit-bearing, non-degree courses with students who are enrolled in the Project ACCESS program. These courses are referred to as Vertical courses and an Independent Living course. These courses are offered on campus at FKCC. Upon completion of these courses students will receive a Workforce Readiness certificate and be able to enroll in credit-bearing courses.
Students may also enroll in the below non-credit bearing courses with students without disabilities in order to obtain certification. These courses are offered on campus at FKCC. Course/certification titles and certifying agencies can be found here.