Post Secondary Education

College-Based Transition Programs (CTPs)

Students are able to have an authentic college experience through College-Based Transition Programs. These programs provide students with post secondary experiences related to independent living, education on topics of interests, and training needed to prepare for work.

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What Does A College-Based Transition Program Include?

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College-Based Transition programs provide students the opportunity to experience college life. Students may live on the college campus, take courses on topics they are interested in and learn skills to support employment and independent living. Transition teams can help support students in selecting the right college-based training program.

  • What areas of the college-based transition program align with the student’s interests, strengths, and preferences?
  • What job and independent living skills will the student acquire by participating in a college-based transition program?
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Listen to Pennsylvania’s Inclusive Post Secondary Education Programs discuss their college-based transition programs

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Determining If A College-Based Transition Program Is A Right Fit

Transition Teams should consider the program options available and guide students in making their decision.

  • Help students identify their strengths and areas for growth
  • Introduce students to college-based transition programs
  • Explore programs, including programs that may or may not require a high school diploma
  • Schedule a visit to the campus and meet with the disability services office
  • Connect with alumni and their families to hear about their experiences
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Why College-Based Transition Programs?

When students participate in these programs, they gain independent living skills, work readiness skills, and a sense of belonging.

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Academic Access

Students will participate in college courses where they receive individualized supports while having meaningful participation on topics of their interest.

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Campus Life

Students are able to participate in campus activities. This may include living on campus and participating in activities with other college students.

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Career Development

Students will explore and learn real world skills to support their independence to achieve competitive integrated employment.

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Experience Independence

Students will increase their independence through the relationships and experiences they have while attending college.

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The vision of PIHEC is to design and provide inclusive and supportive environments at the postsecondary level.