OCTC offering program to support students with intellectual disabilities wanting to attend college

April 16, 2023 | 12:07 am

Updated April 15, 2023 | 7:14 pm

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Owensboro Community and Technical College is now offering a Career and Life Skills Certificate, a program that supports students with intellectual disabilities who want to attend college to improve employability and explore career opportunities.

All Career and Life Skills (CLS) students will have at least one mentor who will help facilitate the person-centered planning process and connect students with campus life, extra-curricular, and social engagement activities. In addition, they may serve as a future reference for the students, as the mentor will play an essential role in the competency-based assessment of the overall program objectives.

“OCTC’s CLS Certificate program provides students with intellectual disabilities an inclusive college experience while gaining independence and workforce readiness skills,” said OCTC Director of Counseling Services, Barb Tipmore.

The CLS program is a selective admission program. Prospective students should complete the online application for admissions by visiting owensboro.kctcs.edu and choosing “Career and Life Skills” as the certificate.

Contact OCTC CLS Coordinator Amy Fogle-Stiff at 270-686-4556 or [email protected] for the program application, which requires a recommendation from an educator, support services provider, or advocate.

Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA at studentaid.gov to determine eligibility for federal and/or state financial aid. Kentucky high school graduates are eligible to access their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). As a CTP program, Kentucky graduates are also eligible for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship.

For more information about financial aid, contact the OCTC Financial Aid Office at 270-686-4520 or email [email protected].

April 16, 2023 | 12:07 am

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