The Arc Jacksonville Academy’s On Campus Transition (OCT) at the University of North Florida (UNF) is a transition program for young adults with developmental disabilities. The Program is called On Campus Transition (OCT) and offers the opportunity for 24 young adults to exit high school with their peers and enter a post secondary setting to prepare for adult life in the community. Each student that enters OCT develops an individual Program of Study (POS) based on their career goals and desires for personal growth and enrichment. This POS guides the selection of courses that will be audited through the University, and how the student will meet other program components needed to complete their two or four year program. Volunteer, internship, and part-time work experience are components of the educational expectations. OCT students participate in campus cultural, sporting, and club activities to round out the college experience. All of the experiences received while in the college program are enhanced through the mentor program which encourages the pairing of matriculating students with OCT students in social, academic, and career settings. In addition, OCT students have the option to live in student suites housing, providing the opportunity to transition to independent living.
Submitted by The Arc Jacksonville, Inc.