College 2 Career

College 2 Career (C2C) supports the learning needs and employment goals of individuals with an intellectual disability.

We help individuals who wish to become college students, as well as current students enrolled in college courses at Sacramento City College.

Our program supports education related to employment goals. We have a strong focus on:

  • building your skills leading to employment by the time you complete the program
  • your ability to work, with decreasing support, in an independent, integrated placement following the C2C program

We can be found within the Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS). We are funded by Department of Rehabilitation.

Getting Referred to C2C

Referrals can be made to you by your:

  • DSPS counselor
  • Alta Regional Center Coordinator, or
  • Department of Rehabilitation Counselor

Program enrollment is limited each year. Participants admitted to the program based on intake interviews and the decision of the C2C Coordinator. All decisions made are final.

Eligibility

All students in the program must be consumers of Department of Rehabilitation and Alta California Regional Center, and have an intellectual disability.

C2C Goals

The goals of the program are centered on providing students with tools necessary to obtain jobs related to each student’s unique set of abilities, skills, and interests.

  • Employment for each student.
  • Students will enroll in courses related to their education and employment plans, which are tailored to career readiness.
  • The students will participate in volunteer or paid internship(s), with positions on campus or in the community.

The College 2 Career program is a three-year program.

Mesures for Success

The program measures for success include: students gaining and keeping a paid position according to their skills, strengths, and interests.

Criteria for Acceptance in C2C

C2C students must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Have a documented diagnosis of an Intellectual Disability.
  • A client of a Alta California Regional Center.
  • A Department of Rehabilitation participant (or eligible to become a Department of Rehabilitation participant)
  • Able to provide or access transportation to and from Sacramento City College and potential work sites.
  • Be able to understand and interact with college level material independently, be able to attend classes independently, complete work, and other program related activities regularly.
  • Be able to respond to appropriate questions, follow directions, and demonstrate potential to benefit from the C2C Program.
  • Can benefit from the college experience with a focus on gainful employment.
  • Demonstrate appropriate adaptive and self-help behavior, including providing own personal attendant if necessary.
  • Demonstrate measurable academic progress in all coursework.
  • Able to abide by SCC’s Code of Conduct.

The students most qualified to participate in C2C have:

  • Motivation to work and attend college
  • A desire to obtain permanent, integrated paid employment
  • A minimum of 8-16 weeks of internship experience
  • A commitment to spending on average 25 hours per week devoted to school related to activities, such as:
    • Classes
    • Homework
    • Accessing support services (tutoring, counseling, financial aid, seminars, etc.)
    • Mandatory meetings with C2C program staff
  • Participating in extracurricular activities (theater productions, athletic events, clubs, etc.)

C2C is a commitment for participants who want to gain an educational foundation working towards their job goals. Students enrolled in the C2C Program cannot co-enroll in another program, such as a transition age or supported employment program.

C2C is also not affiliated with K-12 Special Education services or governed by the IEP process and does not take the place of or serve as a transition age program. Students or families interested in and/or eligible for 18-22 transition services should contact their local school district.

Definition of an Intellectual Disability

As defined by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), an intellectual disability is characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social behavior and practical adaptive skills. This disability originates before the age of 18. Intellectual disability is the currently preferred term for the disability historically referred to as “mental retardation.” Having a learning disability does not qualify you as a person with an intellectual disability.

Opportunities for C2C students

  • Education coaching to provide one-on-one support at least 2 times/week.
  • Case management/team meetings
  • Career exploration
  • Campus navigation
  • Integrated, community-based instruction
  • Employment preparation
  • Volunteer/internship work experiences
  • Be an active part of the campus and your community.