HCC offers Career College for adults with disabilities
Haywood Community College now offers Career College, a one-year post-secondary certificate program for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. This entry-level program provides a foundation for transitioning into a career or additional coursework. There are three career pathways available — automotive assistant, early childhood assistant and greenhouse/nursery assistant.
Through Career College, students further develop reading, math and computer skills along with participating in a hands-on practicum experience within a specific program of study. Students that are eligible for Career College must be 18 years of age and include those who have been referred by high school OCS teachers, high school guidance counselors, transition coordinators, and vocational rehabilitation.
"These students are learning technical skills along with 'soft skills,' such as communication skills," said Angela Uhl-Kalev, HCC counselor. "All of these skills will prepare them to be successful in the workforce."
"Career College gives students in the occupational course of study the dream of going to college," said Joan Ferrara, with Haywood County Schools Exceptional Children Program. "It gives them a chance to be a part of the college experience and feel more a part of the community. It allows them to have that dream of college. It will also motivate younger students to prepare for this dream."
Assistance to cover curriculum and continuing education fees may be available through scholarships from Haywood County Schools Foundation, Vocational Rehabilitation or the HCC Foundation.
"All three organizations — Haywood County Schools Foundation, Vocational Rehabilitation and the HCC Foundation — played a part in making this first year a success," said Sherri Myers, HCC director of institutional advancement. "By working together, all the students that had a need received financial assistance."