An information session on North Shore Community College (NSCC) and the Northeast Arc’s (NeArc) new College and Career Access Project (CCAP) drew a crowd of nearly 80 young people with intellectual, developmental and learning disabilities, their families, service providers, educators, and area employers to learn about college opportunities.
CCAP is a postsecondary, vocationally-focused noncredit education program for North Shore residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, ages 18-26. NSCC and NeArc, who both provide programming to help youth up to age 26 participate in education and training after their high school years, are partnering to offer this innovative college-based education and workforce development program.
The CCAP, which will begin in the fall of 2014, will offer noncredit certificate training in three career areas: Horticulture, Animal Care, and Arts/ Entrepreneurship. These programs of study were selected as they are both of interest to students and offer high potential for employment. Courses offered will be based on NSCC credit courses with imbedded accommodations to meet the learning needs of young adults with intellectual disabilities.
The program will also provide work readiness seminars, coursework in specific career pathways as well as supported internships. Together these elements will help the participants find, and be successful in, meaningful employment.
The program included testimonials from parents and students who are looking forward to the opportunity. Steve Leverone of Marblehead said, “This invaluable program is the much needed connector that will help with the transition from high school to getting a job. We are very grateful that it is available and thank everyone who played a role in making it happen.”
Steve’s daughter Lizzy will enroll in the canine and feline care program as she wants to either work at a veterinary office or animal day care.