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12/21/2018 Member News

SPC Expands Support for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

SPC expands support for students with intellectual disabilities

As a way to support students with intellectual disabilities, St. Petersburg College (SPC) has established a new program called Titans-Up. This program is an inclusive college experience that allows students with intellectual disabilities to attend integrated classes, participate in student clubs and campus events, build relationships with student peer mentors and progress on one of four academic certificate tracks.

Beginning the summer of 2019, Titans-UP will begin recruitment efforts for the fall 2019 cohort class of 12 students. Each year Titans-UP will continue to enroll eight to 12 students for this wonderful opportunity.

“Titans-UP has been in development for almost two years now,” said SPC Executive Director of Retention Services Dr. Misty Kemp. “Notification of the award could not have come at a better time as we have been working on strategies to provide transition opportunities for higher education.”

SPC received a $300,000 start-up grant from Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) at the University of Central Florida to fund Titans Up’s program development and implementation.

The development of an FPCTP is in direct response to state legislation changes, which provide students with intellectual disabilities a traditional high school diploma and therefore direct access to Florida College System institutions, such as SPC.

Titans-UP will focus on increasing SPC’s capacity to serve students with intellectual disabilities, increase academic and life skills and employability and career skills to support long-term employment. SPC has partnered with community vocational services to provide job shadowing, career skills, on the job training and paid employment opportunities including:

• The Arc of Tampa Bay
• Pinellas Interagency Networking Council
• Vocational Rehabilitation

For more information about Titans-UP, contact Dr. Kemp at 727.614.7056.