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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

September Openings: The College & Career Access Project (CCAP)

From the Northeast ARC

August 20, 2014

There is still time to apply for the new College & Career Access Project (CCAP), a collaborative effort of North Shore Community College and Northeast Arc, made possible by a grant from The Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.

CCAP, launching this September, is designed to prepare young adults (18 to 26 years old) with developmental, intellectual or learning disabilities for careers in specific fields. This program is one-of-a-kind, providing the necessary educational and hands-on practical experience that will assist people in securing jobs in their chosen pathways by the end of the year. The successful student will have a definite advantage entering the work force.

Through surveys, meetings and feedback from students, their families and staff, and evaluating the current workforce needs, the three pathways of Horticulture, Canine and Feline Care and Arts/Entrepreneurship were selected. Each of these has many possibilities for employment, and for the entrepreneur, each of these tracks can provide the skills to go out and create specialized business opportunities.

In addition, CCAP connects students to the workplace through internships. Each internship experience includes a structured internship in the student's field of study for eight hours per week, on-site support that fades to independent work over the course of the year, and an internship seminar. Students will receive support throughout the program to meet the academic and workplace expectations.

CCAP is a noncredit, tuition based program. Scholarship assistance is available. Interested students should act now. Visit the CCAP page on the North Shore Community College website for more information and to apply for admission to the College and Career Access Project.

Employers interested in providing internships for CCAP participants should contact Dylan Girard at 978 624-3062.

for additional information, please contact the program manager, Dylan Girard, by calling 978-624-3062 or by email to

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