Haywood Community College’s Career College program recently received a grant from the Evergreen Foundation. This grant will be used to purchase iPads for classroom instruction.

HCC’s Career College program is a postsecondary certificate program for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. This entry-level program provides a foundation for transitioning into a career or additional coursework. The students further develop reading, math and computer skills along with participation in a hands-on practicum experience within a specific program of study.

Students must be referred to Career College by High School OCS Teachers, High School Guidance Counselors, Transition Coordinators and Vocational Rehabilitation. By enrolling in the Career College, students can prepare for work in a selected pathway, learn workplace skills and enjoy the college experience.

According to Patricia Smith, Director of HCC’s College & Career Readiness Department, “It is important to expose all students to as much technology as we can. Most any job will require this knowledge.” 

Smith says students in the Career College program learn a variety of skills that will help them take the next step on their journey including customer service, marketing, how to find a job, how to dress appropriately, the importance of being on time and much more.

According to its website, the mission of Evergreen Foundation is to improve access to and public awareness of quality prevention, treatment and support services by the provider community to individuals and families with intellectual/developmental disabilities or behavioral health and/or substance abuse needs. 

For more information about HCC’s Career College, please visit haywood.edu or call 828-627-4648.