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The Project Forward Program

Project Forward is a nationally renowned program that provides students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to gain and maintain vocational skills, keys to independent living, and pathways to social success. 

Housed at 4Cs, Project Forward has been nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education and The School-to-Work Outreach Project as an exemplary school-to-work model serving students with intellectual disabilities since 1988. Project Forward has also been cited by 4H/University of Massachusetts-Amherst for its Peer Leadership program which empowers college students with disabilities to communicate effectively with peers and community agencies concerning disability awareness and advocacy.

Experience the Difference

Students in the program receive hands-on experience in multiple different fields, including Agriculture and Facilities, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Mass Communications and Retail Operations Management. With a dedication to helping those with intellectual disabilities thrive in their everyday lives, the program has an employment rate of more than 87 percent for graduates.

Financial Aid is Available!

In 2019, the Federal Government has approved the Project Forward program at Cape Cod Community College (4Cs) as Massachusetts’ first “Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP),” making the College the first to offer financial aid to eligible students with intellectual disabilities.

With the CTP designation, Project Forward students are now eligible to apply for Federal Pell Grant dollars via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.

For questions about the Financial Aid process for Project Forward, contact the 4Cs Financial Aid Office at 774.330.4393 or email finaid@capecod.edu.

Two Tracks Towards Success

Project Forward students may enroll in one of two tracks. Enrollment in the Comprehensive Transition Program track (CTP) allows a student to apply for Financial Aid, but requires a level of commitment to the inclusive requirements of the program.  Please see the choices below for information about the differences in these two tracks. 

 

FIRST YEAR CTP TRACK

Financial Aid Available

To earn a CTP certificate with Project Forward, students will spend an average of 20 hours per week on campus. The time will be spent attending Project Forward core Curriculum Classes, taking classes for credit/audit, gaining hands on work experience through job shadowing, receiving academic tutoring, and mentoring support, using the college facilities such as gym, Library & Tutoring Center, joining clubs and socializing with peers.

Exploratory Classes:  

Students rotate through these classes approximately every five weeks during both semesters.

  1. Introduction to Agriculture & Facilities Management​
  2. Introduction to Childcare​
  3. Introduction to Healthcare Assistant​
  4. Introduction to Hospitality & Culinary Arts​
  5. Introduction to Mass Communications & Broadcasting​
  6. Introduction to Retail Operations Management​


First Year Seminar
Class

Inclusion Piece:  ​Every semester student must choose either A, B, C

Student must be enrolled in one of the following

  1. Audit Course​
  2. Credit Course​
  3. Non-Credit Course​Student will also accrue hours/credits in the
  1. B. Peer Mentor Experience​
  2. Vocational Job Shadow

 

SECOND YEAR CTP TRACK

Financial Aid Available

To earn a CTP certificate with Project Forward, students will spend an average of 20 hours per week on campus. The time will be spent attending their chosen concentration course of study Project Forward core Curriculum Classes, taking classes for credit/audit, gaining hands on work experience through an Internship, receiving academic tutoring, and mentoring support, using the college facilities such as gym, Library & Tutoring Center, joining clubs and socializing with peers.

 

Concentration Classes:​ (student chooses one line of study for entire year)

Agriculture & Facilities Management​

Childcare

Healthcare Assistant​

Hospitality & Culinary Arts​

Mass Communications & Broadcasting​

Retail Operations Management​

Workforce Seminar Class

 

Inclusion Piece:  ​In concentration year, student must commit to their assigned vocational internship (C).  If their schedule permits, they are also  free to add  A & B components.

 

A Student must be enrolled in one of the following

  1. Audit Course​
  2. Credit Course​
  3. Non-Credit Course​
  1. B. Peer Mentor Experience​
  2. Vocational Job Internship /50 hours

FIRST YEAR CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Financial Aid NOT Available

To earn a Project Forward Certificate of Completion, students will spend a minimum of 7.5 hours a week on campus.  If a student would like to take Project Forward supplemental classes, join clubs or spend time utilizing the campus facilities they are welcome to, but it is not required.

Exploratory Classes:  

Students rotate through these classes approximately every five weeks during both semesters.

  1. Introduction to Agriculture & Facilities Management​
  2. Introduction to Childcare​
  3. Introduction to Healthcare Assistant​
  4. Introduction to Hospitality & Culinary Arts​
  5. Introduction to Mass Communications & Broadcasting​
  6. Introduction to Retail Operations Management​

First Year SeminarClass

 

SECOND YEAR CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Financial Aid NOT Available

To earn a Project Forward Certificate of Completion, students will spend a minimum of 7.5 hours a week on campus.  If a student would like to take Project Forward supplemental classes, join clubs or spend time utilizing the campus facilities they are welcome to, but it is not required.

Concentration Classes:​ (student chooses one line of study for entire year)

Agriculture & Facilities Management​

Childcare

Healthcare Assistant​

Hospitality & Culinary Arts​

Mass Communications & Broadcasting​

Retail Operations Management​

Workforce Seminar Class

Hands on Vocational:  Vocational Internship/30 Hours per year

 

 

Contact Project Forward

COVID-19 Update: Project Forward staff will be working remotely but will answer e-mail during normal business hours.

Applications are still being accepted for Fall 2021. Deadline is August 15: Please see: 

Project Forward

Location

MM Wilkens Hall, Room 119

Phone

774-330-4763

E-mail

projectforward@capecod.edu