Community College Center for Adult Transition (CAT)

Community College Center for Adult Transition (CAT) students will experience curriculum tracks with a collaborative, hands-on approach in critical areas of learning. The goal is to improve classroom readiness, study skills, and basic skills training while developing life skills and self-advocacy.

Student Requirements:
Individual with intellectual/developmental disabilities, between the ages of 18-24, residing in Warren County, have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent and have the potential and desire to achieve the goal of employment.

About the Curriculum

Community College Center for Adult Transition (CAT) students will explore various career path options throughout the one-year curriculum. College instructors/staff and community employer guest speakers share job responsibilities, information, and skills needed for success.

After completing the academic, life skills, and employment readiness track, students are eligible for job sampling on campus with the Facilities Department, the school store, and off-campus job sampling. These supported programs build career readiness skills and on-the-job training to prepare students for a successful transition to employment.

Resume writing, job application completion, interview practice, a reverse job fair, and employment placement and training services all take place with the support of a job coach.

The CAT Curriculum

Fundamentals for Success: Socialization, Life Skills. Computer Basics, Reading & Writing, Time & Money Skills, Self-Advocacy

Employment and Career Readiness: Career Exploration, Employment Ethics, Resume Writing, Job Application Completion, Job Interviewing, On-the-job training, Job Coaching

Specialized Career Exploration: Computers, Healthcare, Hospitality, Pet Care

What CAT Students Receive

Students will leave the CAT program with confidence, a self-advocate, and ready for independence in employment and life.

All students in the program receive person centered planning to leverage available resources, federal, state, and local, capturing and integrating linkages to support adult employment success (NJ DVR, NJ DDD, WC Division of Aging and Disability Services).

CAT students will receive benefit planning and residential daily living skills supports. Increasing education and integrating resources is part of the continued skills formulated and enhanced through the program curriculum.

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