Pathways to Careers Community of Practice
The Onondaga Pathways to Careers (OPC) demonstration project is an opportunity for young people with disabilities to enroll at Onondaga Community College, earn an industry-recognized credential, and acquire a job that pays a living wage. The Onondaga Community College (OCC) is partnering with the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University (SU), the Syracuse City School District (SCSD), the public workforce system, disability service agencies, and with regional employers in high growth industries to prepare youths and young adults with disabilities for skilled careers.
Eligible students can enroll in the following programs toward filling open positions in and around Syracuse:
- Health Information Technology, A.A.S.
- Advanced Manufacturing Certificate
- Mechanical Technology, A.A.S.
- Computer Information Systems, A.A.S.
- Electrical Technology, A.A.S.
- Summer orientation programs to prepare students and family for the student’s first semester at OCC
- Comprehensive disability service supports, accommodations, and adaptive technology
- Academic advising, tutoring, study skill and self-advocacy development
- Financial aid, literacy and benefits counseling
- Individualized career planning, resume and interview preparation, service learning, job shadowing, leadership development, and internship opportunities
- Early registration (after the first semester), and on-campus living options
In addition, individualized support from OPC staff helps students connect with services and resources to experience success.