Increasing numbers of students with an intellectual disability are graduating high school, ready, willing and able to pursue their dreams of post-secondary education and employment. NBACL’s Transition Facilitators support students pursuing post-secondary education to successfully transition to this important phase of their lives.
Through the Transition to Work program, our facilitators meet with students while they are in high school to get to know their interests, define goals and to set a course for a successful future through careful planning and effective support.
When planning for transition to post-secondary education, we focus on the strengths and abilities of each student and identify supports necessary to help them become successful. How those supports look can vary from student to student. Some students may enter college through Special Admissions, meaning they may not require modifications in the area of study.
Since 2001, NBACL has worked in collaboration with CCNB-NBCC to help high school students and young adults with an intellectual disability to attend college and receive formal job skills that will lead them to employment opportunities in their community. This is a partnership among CCNB-NBCC, NBACL, employers, and the community.
After completing their program, students will not receive a diploma but rather, a certificate of participation and a detailed profile of acquired skills learned throughout the program. Emphasis will be put on what students can do with or without supports rather than what they can’t do.
To apply and be considered for selection, young adults need to meet the following criteria:
- Have an intellectual disability and followed a modified program in high school.
- Completion of high school (or be in the final year of completing).
- Strong desire to attend college and program of choice.
- Have a clear, well thought out, and attainable career goal that relates to the program choice.
- Likely to be successful at completing the chosen college program with the support of family, friends, and others.
To apply to an NBCC campus you need to fill out the printable application form found on the NBCC website: http://www.nbcc.ca and follow the identified steps.
Among other things, NBACL can:
- Help with the transition of students that have identified CCNB-NBCC as a goal.
- Provide information sessions to students, parents, and schools about CCNB-NBCC opportunities.
- Help students access funding through T.E.S.S. program (training and employment support services).
- Help CCNB-NBCC identify the appropriate supports for students
- Help with individual learning plans and skills profiles.
- Connect students to their community agencies to receive help with finding a job.