Panel discussed College to Career (C2C) program, offered by California MENTOR and other program partners to support individuals with disabilities in succeeding at college.
Steve Goclowski, Regional Director for Network partner California MENTOR, participated in a panel discussion titled “Collaboration at its Finest: College to Career Partnerships for Success” at the American Network of Community Options & Resources (ANCOR) conference on May 8. The panel discussed the College to Career program (C2C), an innovative program that offers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the support they need to succeed in school and participate in college life. C2C is offered by Harbor Regional Center through a partnership with California MENTOR, Long Beach City College and HOPE Inc.
The panelists, who also included Shauna Hagemann of Long Beach City College and Antoinette Perez of Harbour Regional Center, shared how C2C works and its impact on the lives of individuals served to provide guidance to session participants in developing their own C2C programs.
C2C provides students with the opportunity to live in an off-campus apartment, choose from over 100 courses of study, and receive academic coaching and other supports that help them succeed in the classroom. California MENTOR works with each student to create Individualized Service Plans and delivers personalized support to help them become more independent in off-campus apartments and in the community.
In addition to C2C, California MENTOR’s college programs include a College Support day program that assists individuals in taking community college classes by providing tutoring, transportation and other supports.
ANCOR is a national, nonprofit trade association representing more than 1,600 private community providers of services to people with disabilities.