Post Secondary Education

Postsecondary Education Programs

There are many options when it comes to postsecondary education, including community college, 2-year college, or 4-year college/university programs. Each option offers a variety of opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills needed to prepare for careers. Additionally, there are disability-related services available in many postsecondary education programs. While the supports and services will look different from those provided in high school, students should seek out the supports they need.

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What Are The Benefits Of Pursuing Postsecondary Education Programs?

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Depending on the students’ career goals, a postsecondary education program may be an ideal option or a requirement to secure a job in their desired field. It is important to help students explore the necessary training requirements for the career they hope to pursue. Adults can help students explore:

  • What career options are most aligned with the students’ interests, strengths, and preferences?
  • Do these careers require specific degrees or certifications?
  • What are priority areas the students should consider (i.e., location, services available, peer supports)?
  • In what skill areas might the students need to improve to be successful in a postsecondary education program and in the desired career?
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Is A Postsecondary Education Program The Right Choice?

The transition team can help students determine if a postsecondary education program is the right fit by exploring some of the options available, including:

  • Associate’s degree granting program at a 2-year college.
  • Bachelor’s degree granting program at a 4-year college or university. Specialized programs for students with disabilities may be an option and the student may or may not choose to register with the office of disability services.
  • Non-degree granting certificate program at a 4-year college or university - Specialized programs for students with intellectual disabilities may be an option.
  • Non-degree granting certificate program at a 2-year college - Specialized programs for students with intellectual disabilities may be an option.
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Postsecondary Education Programs: A Pathway to Success

Transition teams can support students who are preparing for postsecondary education programs by outlining the opportunities available through such programs.

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Gain Knowledge and Skills

Students can gain the specific knowledge and skills they need to get hired and continue to advance in the desired careers.

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Get Supports

Students may choose to attend a program for students with disabilities or register with the office for disability services to ensure they get the support needed to be successful.

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Expand Interests

Students can take advantage of the many exciting opportunities through elective courses and other optional activities to learn new topics and skills to become well-rounded individuals.

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Make Connections

Students can engage with professors and peers in activities through clubs, social activities, sports, and more.

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Check out this fact sheet which provides information for students with disabilities who would like to attend college.

It is important for students to consider the variety of options available and take steps to plan ahead to ensure success in a postsecondary education program.

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