Student Accessibility Services (SAS)Eagle Connections
Eagle Connections is a Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) for students with intellectual disabilities. The program follows the mission of TCC and provides a course of study that includes academic enrichment, socialization, and personal and career development to promote employment and independence.
Eagle Connections offers the Employment Credential, which is 25 or more credential units consisting of required core courses and electives chosen by the student based on their career interests. Courses are inclusive and are outlined on the Advising Sheet. The program is designed for students to take 2-3 courses per semester with the goal of completing within 4-5 semesters, or 2 years. Students take courses on an audit basis and do not receive academic credit or a transferable degree. Rather they receive credential credit for each course in pursuit of completing the Employment Credential.
Advising Sheet: Eagle Connections Employment Credential
As TCC students Eagle Connections students are eligible to participate in and utilize the:
- Clubs and Organizations
- Library, Learning Commons, and Learning Specialists
- Mental Health Counseling Center and Career Services
- Gym and Intramural Sports
- Faculty office hours
A typical semester consists of attending classes, study time, life skills sessions, and social opportunities. Regular one-on-one meetings with program staff occur to establish and work towards person-centered planning goals through the Students Transitioning to Adult Roles (STAR) model from Project 10 Transition Education Network. Students are also expected to spend time on their own studying and completing assignments. Students follow College policies for attendance, code of conduct, and accommodations.
Admission and Application Guide
Applicants must have or meet the following criteria:
- A documented Intellectual Disability (ID) that impacts progression in a standard curriculum in pursuit of a postsecondary degree or certificate (Students may have co-occurring disabilities.)
- Graduated with a high school diploma or high school equivalency (i.e. GED
- Is at least 18 years old
- Has employment and community participation as personal goals
- Is capable of mobility on adult campuses, including transportation to and from campus
- Displays a level of social maturity conducive to an adult environment (i.e. employment and educational settings)
- Has the ability to maintain self-care and personal hygiene independently
- Has a support system committed to a collaborative partnership
- Has a reliable means of communication
Applicants must submit the following required documentation as applicable:
- TCC online application for admission as a non-degree seeking
- Student Accessibility Services (SAS) application
- Documentation of an Intellectual Disability and any co-occurring disabilities. Refer to SAS Documentation Guidelines (ID must be clearly stated)
- Copy of most recent educational evaluation or summary of performance (SOP) and may also include most recent Vocational Rehabilitation plan
- Proof of graduation/completion (i.e. high school transcript or GED)
- Eagle Connections application including three letters of recommendation, work/volunteer experience, and release forms
If interested in applying, please contact the program. Applications can be submitted throughout the academic year, with a typical due date of May 1st prior to the admitting fall term. Once applications have been reviewed, qualified applicants will be contacted for a mandatory student and student support person(s) interview to determine admission into the program. If the program has reached capacity, applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
Agency for Persons with Disabilities: apdcares.org
Big Bend Transition Council: www.leonschools.net/Page/927
Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities: www.fcsua.com
Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc: www.fddc.org
Keys to Exceptional Youth Success: www.keysbigbend.org
Project 10 Transition Education Network: project10.info
Think College: www.thinkcollege.net
Vocational Rehabilitation: www.rehabworks.org
Meet the Staff
Amanda Warren, Eagle Connections Program Coordinator
Amanda.Warren@tcc.fl.edu | (850) 201-8432
Amanda obtained a Master's in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida. She has experience working in advising, youth development, program management, and community relations. Amanda enjoys working with students, encouraging their goals and independence, and offering guidance as they develop and grow in confidence, capabilities, and character.
Mia Ledford, Eagle Connections Career Support Specialist
email@example.com | (850) 201-8479
Mia obtained her Bachelor's degree in Recreation, Tourism, and Management from the Dedman School of Hospitality at Florida State University. She has experience as a collegiate-level career and academic advisor, in campus recreation, working with students in academic and recreational settings. Mia is eager to work alongside students in finding a path that best suits their career goals and aids them in building skills, experience, and confidence.
Eagle Connections Program Coordinator: oversees the mission and implementation of the Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program at TCC. These responsibilities include student referrals and onboarding, hiring and supervising the program staff, partnering with campus departments and community agencies, and submitting and maintaining records and reports.
Eagle Connections Specialist: helps with the facilitation of social and employability skills and the transition for students to internships and work experiences.
Peer Mentors: act as positive role models for students and help them navigate new responsibilities that come with being a college student. Mentors undergo an application process, background check, interview, and training aligned with the College Reading and Learning Association standards. Mentors are not tutors, personal aids, faculty or parent liaisons, or counselors. Keep in mind that it is the full responsibility of the student to complete and submit their own assignments and exams for successful course completion.
"Working for Eagles Connections has been an absolutely wonderful experience that has brought me many valuable opportunities to learn and grow as an individual. I am so grateful to have been a part of this program; there will always be a special place in my heart for the coworkers and students I had the privilege to work with." – Naomy, peer mentor
“I believe I have contributed to this program by providing our students with constant encouragement, patience, and establishing their own self-determination amongst other things.” – Brittany, program intern
In addition, the program relies on the team effort of departments across campus including Student Accessibility Services, Career Services, Student Services, Academic Affairs, faculty members and deans, and others. Partnerships include community agencies like Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Big Bend Transition Council, Leon County Schools, Keys to Exceptional Youth Success, Vocational Rehabilitation, and others.