Post-Secondary Education and Training

Post-Secondary Education and Training

Students may decide to continue with their educational journey after high school. Available options include: 
 

  • Community Residential and Day Programs &Adult Educational Classes
  •  Vocational/Technical College  
  • State College or University (2-4+ years) 

 Community Residential and Day Programs often focus on individuals who need to acquire further training in life skills and job skills to help prepare for the future. Programs vary in the services provided. Lee and Collier county offer an array or lifelong learning and adult career courses throughout the counties for individuals to continue learning about and participating in classes he or she is passionate about.   

Vocational or technical schools (also referred to as trade schools) offer education for specific career interests or passions such as culinary arts, automotive collision technology technician, digital design, medical biller/coder, and more. The length of programs varies between a few months to a year or more. 

State colleges and universities are where one can receive further training in the subject area he or she is passionate about. Different degrees can be obtained as each college or university has different offerings, you’ll want to be sure to consider the different colleges to identify ones that have the areas of interest that fits your child’s needs. 

 

2-4+ year College & Universities 

State colleges and universities are where one can receive further training in the subject area they are passionate about. With Colleges and universities are where an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorates degree (where applicable) can be attained. Each college or university offers various programs; you’ll want to be sure to consider the different colleges to identify ones that have the areas of interest corresponding to your child’s interests and preferences. Individuals must apply for and be accepted to colleges or universities based on their individual requirements by completing the application process, obtaining specific test scores on entrance exams, etc. You’ll want to be sure to refer to the college’s website and contact the office of admissions for a specific list of admissions criteria. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Colleges 

Technical colleges, vocational colleges, or trade schools offer programs for specific career interests or passions such as culinary arts, automotive collision technology technician, digital design, medical biller/coder, and more. The length of programs varies between a few months to a year or more. Be sure to check with the school for the length of each program. There are entrance exams to complete prior to being admitted (T.A.B.E. assessment) and many of the courses have state licensure or certification exams students must pass to become certified in that field.  

 

Inclusive Florida Colleges for Students with Intellectual Disabilities 

Here you will find an evolving list of Florida’s inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) programs serving students between the ages of 18 and 43. Programs, colleges, and universities listed here are those the Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education deemed to meet the definition of inclusive postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities as defined in the TPSID initiative of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA, 2008)https://fcihe.com/participating-colleges/  

  • Florida Atlantic University: Academy for Community Inclusion—Jupiter 
  • Florida International University & Dade Public Schools: Embrace Life—Miami  
  • Florida International University: Embrace Plus—Miami  
  • Florida Keys Community College: Project Access –Key West 
  • Florida Panhandle Technical College: Project Independence—Chipley 
  • Florida State College Jacksonville: Duval & Nassau County Schools Project VERTICAL—Jacksonville 
  • Indian River State College: STAGE Program—Ft. Pierce 
  • McFatter Technical College & Broward County Schools: Grow Your Future –Davie 
  • Pensacola State College & Arc Gateway: PALS—Pensacola 
  • Robert Morgan Technical College & Miami Dade Public Schools: TOPS—Miami 
  • Santa Fe College: Project SAINT—Gainsville 
  • Southeastern University: SEU Link—Lakeland 
  • Tallahassee Community College: EAGLE Connections—Tallahassee 
  • University of Central Florida: Inclusive Education Services—Orlando 
  • University of North Florida/Arc: On Campus Transition—Jacksonville  

 

Think College

Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families. 

 

 Community Residential and Day Programs & Adult Educational Classes 

Community Based/Residential and Day Programs Every individual has special skills, talents, needs, and levels of support. Many communities offer community-based and/or residential and day programs. To allow your child the level of independence and community participation he or she desires, some may benefit from applying for and potentially being eligible for residential or community-based programs. Community based programs include day training programs that focus on a number of skills from self-advocacy, community participation, money management, computer literacy, life skills, and social skills. Many programs offer skill-based training classes, supported employment, and recreation programs. 

Each community-based or residential program have their own eligibility requirements and services that are unique to them. Some residential services can include respite care, supported community living assistance, and can help find group homes. Determining the right program within the community is important so the needs of your child can be met, and a greater level of independence can be achieved.  

 

 

 

 

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