September 21, 2021
Tallahassee Community College’s Eagle Connections program is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The Eagle Connections program launched in 2011 and serves as a postsecondary comprehensive transition program for students with intellectual disabilities.
“This program is so important because of the value that these students bring to our campus,” said Dr. Sheri Rowland, Vice President of Student Affairs. “These are some of the most determined, joyful individuals who love coming to campus and being a part of the learning experience. And I think because of that, they enrich all of us.”
As one of the first institutions with a comprehensive transition program, TCC leads the growing trend and is one of 19 state universities, community colleges, and technical centers in Florida offering students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to pursue higher education. TCC offers this inclusionary program to expand access to higher education and broaden employment and independence opportunities for a diverse population of students.
Since the beginning, more than 30 students have entered the Eagle Connections program. Through developments over the years, the program received federal and state approval in 2019 and now awards students who complete the program the TCC Employment Credential. According to a current student, “it helps you further your education, life skills and work on your independent skills.”
Special recognition is given to the TCC Board of Trustees, faculty and staff for their involvement with program creation and development and the positive student experiences and outcomes. Numerous community agencies and individuals have also contributed to the success of the Eagle Connections such as the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA), Florida Consortium of Inclusive Higher Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Big Bend Transition Council, FSU CARD, Keys to Exceptional Youth Success, Project 10 and many others!