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Based on the film, AUTISM GOES TO COLLEGE, this website is filled with content to help you deal with going to college: how to choose a college, how to get help, and how to help yourself.

Based on the film, AUTISM GOES TO COLLEGE, this website is filled with content to help you deal with going to college: how to choose a college, how to get help, and how to help yourself.

Based on the film, AUTISM GOES TO COLLEGE, this website is filled with content to help you deal with going to college: how to choose a college, how to get help, and how to help yourself.

a certificate, or a program—what are you really looking for?

a certificate, or a program—what are you really looking for?

by Jessica Keefhaver,
Project/Academic Coordinator Path to Independence
University of Nevada, Reno

by Jessica Keefhaver,
Project/Academic Coordinator Path to Independence
University of Nevada, Reno

“Figuring out what your goals are and what you want to learn can help you choose a program that’s a good fit”

“Figuring out what your goals are and what you want to learn can help you choose a program that’s a good fit”

When a bachelor’s or associate’s degree is not your goal, students on the spectrum seeking a college experience, have a range of options. As of April 2022, just over 300 college-affiliated programs across the country offer a wide range of opportunities and experiences, resulting in a certificate. Figuring out what your goals are and what you want to learn can help you choose a program that’s a good fit.

When a bachelor’s or associate’s degree is not your goal, students on the spectrum seeking a college experience, have a range of options. As of April 2022, just over 300 college-affiliated programs across the country offer a wide range of opportunities and experiences, resulting in a certificate. Figuring out what your goals are and what you want to learn can help you choose a program that’s a good fit.

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Which path?

Certificate programs are great for students looking to focus on improving employment related skills.

The focus in these programs is typically that of work, and work preparedness for a specific job or industry. Alternatively, general certificate programs are typically more about the experience and may offer pre-designed academic-based courses of study to be followed or may be more flexible to allow for learning across a broad academic area of interest. For students looking for a traditional college experience, a general certificate may be more fulfilling and appropriate.

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Which path?

Certificate programs are great for students looking to focus on improving employment related skills.

The focus in these programs is typically that of work, and work preparedness for a specific job or industry. Alternatively, general certificate programs are typically more about the experience and may offer pre-designed academic-based courses of study to be followed or may be more flexible to allow for learning across a broad academic area of interest. For students looking for a traditional college experience, a general certificate may be more fulfilling and appropriate.

“This is not a one-size-fits-all situation.

“This is not a one-size-fits-all situation.

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Earning an industry-based certificate is a way to show mastery of job-related skills.

This may increase job opportunities in certain areas depending on the certificate earned; Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Diesel Technician or Automotive ASE Technician, Bookkeeping, Culinary Arts are some examples. Students interested in industry certificates may access accommodations through the institution’s disability services offices and will need to register in order to do so. Accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis and might look different than those accessed in high school. It is important to provide all requested documentation to determine what accommodations will be allowed.

Industry-based certifications
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Industry-based certifications

Earning an industry-based certificate is a way to show mastery of job-related skills.

This may increase job opportunities in certain areas depending on the certificate earned; Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Diesel Technician or Automotive ASE Technician, Bookkeeping, Culinary Arts are some examples. Students interested in industry certificates may access accommodations through the institution’s disability services offices and will need to register in order to do so. Accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis and might look different than those accessed in high school. It is important to provide all requested documentation to determine what accommodations will be allowed.

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General certificates & life skills

An increasing number of inclusive post-secondary education (IPSE) programs affiliated with various institutions of higher education are now available around the country.

For many students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), general certificates offer an alternative route to college.

These programs may offer the option to audit classes in the college

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General certificates & life skills

An increasing number of inclusive post-secondary education (IPSE) programs affiliated with various institutions of higher education are now available around the country.

For many students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), general certificates offer an alternative route to college.

These programs may offer the option to audit classes in the college

An increasing number of inclusive post-secondary education (IPSE) programs affiliated with various institutions of higher education are now available around the country.

For many students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), general certificates offer an alternative route to college. These programs are often designed for students who are looking for a college experience, and combine academic coursework with social opportunities, independent living skills and employment skill development, but do not meet admissions requirements (certain SAT/ACT scores, minimum Grade Point Average, Standard or Advanced Diploma). These IPSE programs typically have a different admissions process and different application deadlines.

These programs may offer the option to audit classes in the college (which means credit is not awarded) or take classes for credit while accessing accommodations. Deciding to audit a class is something to discuss with program staff. Depending on the program and support offered, auditing may mean attending classes and participating in all of the course activities as designed, or there might be the option to adjust learning objectives or assignments. Programs and support services vary, so contact the schools you are interested in.

An increasing number of inclusive post-secondary education (IPSE) programs affiliated with various institutions of higher education are now available around the country.

For many students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), general certificates offer an alternative route to college. These programs are often designed for students who are looking for a college experience, and combine academic coursework with social opportunities, independent living skills and employment skill development, but do not meet admissions requirements (certain SAT/ACT scores, minimum Grade Point Average, Standard or Advanced Diploma). These IPSE programs typically have a different admissions process and different application deadlines.

These programs may offer the option to audit classes in the college (which means credit is not awarded) or take classes for credit while accessing accommodations. Deciding to audit a class is something to discuss with program staff. Depending on the program and support offered, auditing may mean attending classes and participating in all of the course activities as designed, or there might be the option to adjust learning objectives or assignments. Programs and support services vary, so contact the schools you are interested in.

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Ultimately, your career or life goals should help determine if a certificate is the right option, and which type to pursue.

For some students, an industry certificate might be a stepping-stone that leads to their dream job. For others, it may be the on-campus, social college experience they are looking for and a general certificate may be the ultimate life goal they are striving to achieve. Many programs offer in-person or virtual information sessions to help you learn more. Reach out to see when tours or information sessions are offered. You can use the college search tool in the resources tab of ThinkCollege.net to search for program contact information. Whatever your goals, consider all options, necessary supports, overall cost and the intended outcome. In sorting through the many educational options after high school, it is imperative to do the research to find the right fit.

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Ultimately, your career or life goals should help determine if a certificate is the right option, and which type to pursue.

For some students, an industry certificate might be a stepping-stone that leads to their dream job. For others, it may be the on-campus, social college experience they are looking for and a general certificate may be the ultimate life goal they are striving to achieve. Many programs offer in-person or virtual information sessions to help you learn more. Reach out to see when tours or information sessions are offered. You can use the college search tool in the resources tab of ThinkCollege.net to search for program contact information. Whatever your goals, consider all options, necessary supports, overall cost and the intended outcome. In sorting through the many educational options after high school, it is imperative to do the research to find the right fit.

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It is estimated that 2% of US college students have autism. With a combined 20 million public and private college students nationwide, it is estimated that over 400,000 students attending college in the US have autism. That number is steadily rising.

It is estimated that 2% of US college students have autism. With a combined 20 million public and private college students nationwide, it is estimated that over 400,000 students attending college in the US have autism. That number is steadily rising.