Project: Uniquely Abled Academy


Cost: $230,000

Number of colleges participating: 5

Lead: Jan Swinton,, Glendale Community College

Participating Colleges: Glendale College ($30,000) , Los Angeles Mission College ($50,000) , Pierce College ($50,000) , Los Angeles Trade Technical College ($50,000) , West Los Angeles College ($50,000)

Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing

  • Program TOPS Codes: Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (095600)
  • Metrics: Number of Enrollments

Brief Narrative: Glendale Community College offered the 1st Uniquely Abled Academy in summer 2016. High End Autism Spectrum students were trained as CNC Operators. This project would assist other colleges interested in replicating this model at their own college in one of their CTE programs where specific tasks and focused attention to detailed repetitive processes, are required for the job skill sets.. GCC will help advise CC site how to implement the UAA program. (GCC did this with no budget, and agencies donating staff, resources, etc.). All students ended up having college costs funded by qualifying for agency services. New UAA programs need staff to implement and to follow-up with students and employers. This model will be shared by Glendale Community College and local partners with West LA College, LA Mission College, LA Trade Tech.

Status Update

Total Funded: $230,000.00


Jan Swinton
Glendale Community College