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CONNECT is a two-year transition program for young adults with mild intellectual/ developmental disabilities. It bridges the gap between high school and adulthood.

Get the full college experience as a JCCC Cavalier!

CONNECT includes:

  • Program-specific courses in life planning, career development and independent living
  • On-campus internship opportunities
  • Credit courses (for credit or audit)
  • Continuing education courses

This is a selective admission program with an application process and fee (in addition to tuition). Spots are limited.

Graduates receive a continuing education certificate in Career Development and Leadership.

CONNECT Information Night

Wed. Dec. 7 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | GEB 233 – Craig Auditorium

Learn about JCCC’s two-year transition program for young adults with mild intellectual/developmental disabilities that offers the full college experience.

CONNECT includes:

  • Courses in life/career planning and independent living
  • On-campus internship opportunities
  • Credit and Continuing Education courses

Questions? Contact Courtney Barden, Supported Education Programs Manager
cbarden@jccc.edu | 913-469-8500, ext. 3247

CONNECT Application

The CONNECT application process is closed for the 2022-2023 school year. The process for the 2023-2024 school year will open on January 1, 2023.

  1. Students must have been diagnosed with a disability, with emphasis on intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, prior to the age of 18, as documented by either educational, medical, or psychological evaluations by a qualified professional.
  2. Students must be currently or were formerly eligible for special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including a student who was determined eligible and was home-schooled or attended private school.
  3. Students must demonstrate a high level of independence and emotional maturity:
    1. Ability to administer medications, manage medical conditions and administer self-care without assistance.
    2. Capable of navigating the JCCC campus with minimal assistance.
    3. Ability to complete the interview process for acceptance without the assistance of a parent/guardian.
    4. Free from behaviors that would be disruptive to the learning and campus environment, including physical or verbal aggression.
    5. Demonstrate the ability to appropriately interact with peers and follow guidelines, including the JCCC Student Code of Conduct.
    6. Able to communicate with others verbally, through sign language or communication device with enough expressive language to advocate for themselves in both routine and unplanned situations (i.e., lost on campus, medical emergency, etc.).
    7. Ability to remain unsupervised for a minimum of four hours.
  4. Students must demonstrate independently a desire to pursue educational, employment and social experiences in a community college setting, including agreeing to attend and participate in all CONNECT courses and activities as prescribed.
  5. Students must demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing and math.

Step 1: Complete the application and submit by the deadline. 

Each applicant should follow the steps given on the webpage to submit the application materials by the assigned deadline.  Priority deadline: 1/31/22.  Final deadline 2/15/22.

Step 2: Packet Review

Each application packet will be reviewed by the Programs Manager to ensure that the applicant meets the admissions criteria, that the application is complete and that it was received by the required deadline.  All applications meeting these requirements will move forward to step three.

Step 3: Admissions Committee Review

An Admissions Committee, comprised of Supported Education, Career Development Center, Counseling and ACCESS Services staff will review applications and select applicants to move forward to step four.  Applications will be anonymous during this review phase.  Three categories will be given priority consideration: applications submitted by the priority deadline, Johnson County residents and applicants who have previously taken CLEAR classes through JCCC. 

Step 4: Interview

Applicants and their parent/guardian will attend a personal interview with Supported Education staff.

Step 5: Admissions Decision

Chosen applicants will be notified by email about their acceptance into the CONNECT program.

During the application and selection process, members of the Supported Education staff will be unable to answer any questions about the status of your application.  After each step is completed, you will receive an email letting you know if your application has moved forward to the next step.  If your application has not moved forward, you will be given suggestions for strengthening your application for future years.

Each semester, students will pay a $550 CONNECT program fee. This fee covers the cost of the CONNECT specific courses and peer mentorship hours.

Beginning in semester two, students are also responsible for paying standard JCCC tuition rates for any credit or continuing education elective courses they are taking. Reference standard JCCC tuition rates.

During the 2022-2023 academic year, financial aid will not be available for CONNECT fees.

Semester 1 - Fall

CONNECT Seminars (MWF 9-11:50 a.m.)

  • CONNECTing Cavaliers
    This course will help you explore the JCCC campus and get connected with its resources. From clubs to ID cards, explore what it means to be a JCCC Cavalier!

  • Foundations of Independent Living
    You will focus on daily living skills needed to live an independent life, and practice skills in personal care, home maintenance, food preparation, problem- solving and personal organization.

  • Communication Skills
    Explore verbal, nonverbal and written communication in relationships, and discover how you can improve your personal and professional communication skills. Learn about social media safety and basic social skills such as cues in conversations.

  • Campus Engagement Seminar (average 9 hours/week). Participate in campus activities including clubs and organizations, student life events, workshops, seminars, tutoring, and interacting with a peer mentor.

Semester 2 - Spring

CONNECT Seminars (MWF 9-11:50 a.m.)

  • Shifting the Power
    Discover how to find and use your own voice as you transition to adulthood. Learn the basics of self-advocacy and self-determination.

  • Health and Wellness
    Explore physical fitness, nutrition and healthy personal relationships. Learn about risky behaviors and other wellness-related topics you’ll face as a young adult. You will use the Lifetime Fitness gym on campus as part of the coursework.

  • Job Readiness
    Learn job skills involving teamwork, communication, flexibility, customer service, problem-solving and creative thinking in this hands-on course. Begin career planning by exploring your interests and possible internships. This is a prerequisite to Internship I.

  • Campus Engagement Seminar (hours/week vary, based on your elective class). You will likely spend about 6 hours/week participating in campus activities.

CONNECT Class

  • Elective class (credit or continuing education based on interest and pathway)

Semester 3 - Fall

CONNECT Seminars (MWF 9-11:50 a.m.)

  • Financial Literacy
    Gain the skills you need to manage your personal finances: create a budget, explore banking, credit and debit cards, and become a savvy shopper aware of hidden costs. Learn about paychecks and taxes.

  • Transitions I: Planning for Independent Living
    Use the skills you learned in Foundations of Independent Living to create a plan for life after college. Set goals for independent living, learn about community resources, discover how to find and care for a home or apartment, learn about roommates, and explore leisure activities. This is a prerequisite to Transitions II.

  • Internship I
    Prepare for your first on-campus internship. Learn interviewing skills, résumé writing and job search skills. Internships take place outside of class time. This is a prerequisite to Internship II.

    Internship Hours: general on-campus internship in bookstore or similar site for 30 hours during the semester.
  • Campus Engagement Seminar (hours/week vary, based on elective class). You will likely spend about 4 hours/week participating in campus activities.

CONNECT Class

  • Elective class (credit or continuing education based on interest and pathway)

Semester 4 - Spring

CONNECT Seminars (MWF 9-11:50 a.m.)

  • Technology in the Workplace
    Learn basic computer skills and explore software used in workplaces, such as word processing programs, email, and Excel, plus online tools (such as cloud-based systems) in this eight-week course.

  • Transportation Training
    Learn how to navigate public transportation systems and ride-sharing services in this eight-week course. Hands-on transportation experience is included.

  • Internship II
    Prepare for your second on-campus internship. You will explore careers, take interest and strengths surveys, and prepare a career plan for next steps after college. Internships take place outside of class time. 

    Internship Hours: career-specific, on-campus internship for 30 hours during the semester.

  • Transitions II: Future Planning
    Create a vision for your long-term future. Explore personal goals, relationship goals, employment, independent living and health and wellness.

  • Campus Engagement Seminar (hours/week vary, based on your elective class). You will likely spend about 4 hours/week in campus activities.

CONNECT Class

  • Elective Class (credit or continuing education based on interest and pathway)