The College to Career (C2C) program at the College of Alameda is a three-year program for students with intellectual disabilities who are consumers of the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR).
The C2C program’s goals are to:
- Improve employment outcomes for persons with intellectual disability (ID)
- Expand the range of jobs available to persons with ID, with emphasis on areas of job growth
The C2C program provides a coordinated set of activities to support student success in a college setting and successful transition into independent competitive employment.
C2C is funded by the Department of Rehabilitation, and includes two major components:
- Classes: Students take C2C classes as a cohort during the first phase of the program. In the second phase, they take general college classes aligned with their career goal. Educational coaches are available to connect students to needed resources and social activities and to assist in navigating successful completion of their coursework.
- Employment Activities: Students take career exploration classes during the first program phase, followed by internships and job placement in the third phase. While in the third phase, students also work with a vocational coach and participate in weekly job club meetings to support their transition into employment (including job search assistance, mock interviewing, resume writing, etc.).