DSPS Academies

A student benefit from LBCC DSPS College to Career Program

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 successfully 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 participating 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.

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 (CSP)

Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) College Support Program (CSP) will assist students who are referred from Harbor Regional Center with accessing campus supports, services, and developing essential skills to help them successfully transition into the higher education system and become successful learners. The CSP will support students based on individual student needs. Students’ basic vocational skills will be assessed based on their current educational records and educational goals. LBCCD CSP will provide students with time management techniques and strengthen their ability to successfully navigate the various structures of the campus. This is inclusive of the physical campus and the various support and social structures found within the higher education setting. Specifically, the CSP will support students through locating tutoring services, planning, organizing, coordinating, and accessing on-campus and off-campus resources.

Who is eligible to apply?
  • The potential student/applicant must be a regional center client.
  • The applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • The applicant must have graduated or received a certificate of completion from secondary school.
  • The applicant must demonstrate an interest in attending college for the purpose of earning either an Associate Degree or a Certificate that leads to a job in a chosen career.
  • Applicants must be able to safely and independently navigate the college campus.
  • Those applicants who are selected to participate in the CSP program must be highly motivated to succeed.
What does the CSP program require and provide?
  • Up to 60 hours per semester of support is provided to each CSP student. Funding to cover the cost of this support provided by the Regional Center.
  • Each CSP student must enroll in a course of study leading to an AA/AS or a Vocational Certificate. Payment for the cost of tuition, books and other required material is the responsibility of the student/family.
  • In addition to course curriculum, CSP students are required to attend all scheduled College Support sessions and DSPS appointments. Harbor Regional Center Service Coordinator will be notified if a student misses two sessions with staff, DSPS, or LBCC classes.