What is C2C?

College 2 Career (C2C) is a 3-year program within the San Diego Community College District designed to develop employment skills for students with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. C2C offers specialized supports and services related to self-management, employment preparation, one-on-one educational coaching, career exploration and job placement assistance.

Who can participate?

To be eligible for C2C, participants must:

  • Have a documented diagnosis of an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.
  • Be age 18+ with a GED or high school diploma equivalent OR be age 22+ and fully exited from any high school transition program.
  • Be willing to open a case with the Department of Rehabilitation or have an active case open.
  • Be able to adhere to the SDCCD Student Code of Conduct.
  • Be motivated to participate in the college experience and maintain enrollment within the San Diego Community College District.
  • Be motivated to acquire vocational skills and actively pursue competitive integrated employment.
Enrollment is limited, so please contact us for information about our referral process and deadlines.

How can I apply?

Students or families interested in the C2C program should contact their San Diego Regional Center coordinator, Department of Rehabilitation counselor, or their DSPS counselor to begin the referral process.

C2C is a competitive application process. Admissions interviews are typically offered in the fall semester and decisions are made early in the spring semester with program participation beginning the following fall semester. C2C admits approximately 15 students each year and all student selection decisions are final. C2C students must pursue a Plan of Services with the Department of Rehabilitation.

Please see the C2C Referral Flier (PDF) for more information.

How long is the Program?

C2C is a three-year program outlined as follows:

Year One: Transition to college environment and adult expectations. Activities that serve as the foundation for college and career success such as time management, organization, problem-solving, and decision-making, in addition to practicing how to access campus services and self-advocate.

Year Two: Focus on work experience and exposure to the world of employment. Monthly workshops include workspace readiness and etiquette, networking at a community career fair, mock interviews with real employers, work experience/internship, work site tour, and money management.

Year Three: Employment experiences are established throughout the course of the program, however, it is in the third year that the student enters the job development phase. During this phase, the C2C vocational specialist works one-on-one with the student to provide job readiness and job search assistance. The C2C staff support students in maximizing their skills and abilities in order to pursue integrated competitive employment opportunities in environments that align with the student's Individualized Plan for Employment.


College 2 Career | SDCCDC2C@sdccd.edu 
Rachel Martinez, C2C Coordinator | rmartinez@sdccd.edu | (619) 388-6806