DSPS Academies


College to Career Program (C2C)

The College to Career Program at Long Beach City College intensive program is a unique program focused on transitioning young adults with qualifying disabilities to the workforce via the higher education system. Through a structured multimodal approach, LBCC will assist in guiding students to achieve their academic goals while developing lifelong skills and social relationships necessary for a successful college experience and the workforce.

By participating in this program, students will develop an understanding of higher education policies, procedures, and expectations while developing the necessary personal and social skills needed to successful participate in the college experience, followed by the workforce.

The College to Career Program provides admitted students extra educational coaching support not otherwise available through the College. In addition, after completing the program, students will receive either a degree or certificate and will be assisted in finding employment. The program, also has a residential component in which they receive training and support in the development of independent living skills.

Client Entrance Criteria
  • Be a regional center client
  • Be between 18 and 25 years old
  • Have graduated or received a certificate of completion from secondary school
  • Be highly motivated to earn an Associate of Arts Degree or a Certificate in a course of study
  • Be committed to participate in a comprehensive supported educational, living and vocational program.
  • Have the ability to safely and independently navigate the college campus.
  • Have the financial means to pay rent, tuition and other living expenses

Both the educational and the living supports are funded by the regional center. For more information, please visit the College to Career FAQ Page.

Students that are interested in the College to Career Program at Long Beach City College must be a client of Harbor Regional and attend an orientation in order to initiate the application process. Orientation dates can be found on the C2C Resource Page

College Support Program

The College Support Program (CSP) aims to assist in the provision of a successful college experience for students with developmental disabilities. CSP strives to support clients through locating tutoring services, planning, organizing, coordinating, and accessing on campus and off-campus resources.

Students that participate in CSP work with CSP coaches that assist them with time management and organization of logistics and assignments; connecting with campus resources and supports; understanding the social environment, exhibiting appropriate behaviors, and developing healthy relationships; and fostering independence and personal responsibility.

Client Entrance Criteria
  • Be a regional center client
  • 18 years of age
  • Ability to benefit from the College Support Program
  • Follow College’s Student Code of Conduct

Uniquely Abled

Uniquely Abled (UA) seeks to shift the paradigm from “disabled” to “uniquely abled”. DSPS, in collaboration with CTE and SELACO WDB, will be offering a CNC Machinist training program to students with Autism.

After completion of the program, students will receive job placement and post-hire support.

Client Entrance Criteria
  • Student with Autism
  • 18 years of age
  • College student or graduate (March 30th, 2021)
  • Underemployed/unemployed
  • Social competence and collaboration skills
  • Possess reading, math, and computer comprehension

Financial support may be available for this program.