San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 20, 2016
The Arc San Francisco, a nonprofit education and workforce development center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), announced today that it has received a $250,000 grant from Salesforce to help accelerate its education and employment initiative, Arc SF Path to College. The funds from Salesforce will support the enrollment and success of 100 adults with I/DD at City College of San Francisco and other postsecondary institutions. As part of the program, student cohorts will obtain certifications and degrees to improve their employment opportunities and gain assistance to access noncredit courses. All program participants will benefit from an enriching college experience at a choice of inclusive campuses.
The Arc will train and deploy education navigators who will assist students in vocation development, course registration and classroom accommodations using principles of universal design for learning (UDL).
The initiative is a collaboration between City College of San Francisco (CCSF), San Francisco Unified School District, California, University of Massachusetts, Boston-Think College and Special Olympics Northern CA/Nevada. Other participants include Skyline College, College of Marin and San Francisco State University. Additionally, The Arc is partnering with University of California San Francisco (UCSF) to capture metrics and provide a foundation for scaling the program nationally.
“Many individuals with disabilities wish to go to college just like their non-disabled peers. With this award, we can provide a clear path to postsecondary education and career opportunities for this population, creating a springboard for their personal growth and independence. Salesforce shares our vision of providing equal and authentic opportunities for all individuals to interact, collaborate, learn and achieve their dreams,” said Dr. Glenn Motola, CEO, The Arc San Francisco.
“We have employed individuals from The Arc for more than 16 years at Salesforce. They are some of our most dedicated team members and an important part of the Salesforce family,” said Suzanne DiBianca, EVP of corporate relations and chief philanthropy officer, Salesforce. “We are thrilled to support The Arc as they provide even more incredible opportunities to people with disabilities through the Path to College program.”
About The Arc San Francisco
The Arc San Francisco is a nonprofit education, advocacy and workforce development center for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. For over 60 years The Arc SF has been widely recognized for its innovation in education and career programs as well as independent living services, health advocacy and a broad range of arts and recreation. The Arc SF supports individuals with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities to meet the challenges of adulthood while achieving personal goals and lifelong success. Affiliations with local and national business, education and health partners help The Arc SF to provide successful internships and employment opportunities while offering a more diverse, enriching life experience.
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