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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.

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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 Application Packet

Application Instructions

1) Save or print packet. Information requested may be typed or handwritten legibly.

2) Once completed, the packet, including all requested documentation, should be emailed in one submission to If you are unable to attach the packet to an email, the completed document may also be delivered in person to the Supported Education campus office (COM 312) or mailed to: CONNECT Applications, 12345 College Blvd, Box 82, Overland Park, KS 66210.

ALL applications, regardless of delivery method, must be received in the Supported Education office by the deadline. Any application arriving after the stated deadline will not be considered for admission.


  • Priority Deadline: Jan. 31, 2022
  • Final Deadline: Feb. 15, 2022

  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.