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 High School to College

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Learn about different resources to help you move forward from here.

Virtual Transition Night:  How things will change after high school, and what options and services are available for transitioning students. 

Please view the slides here:  Powerpoint Slideshow​​​​​

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Want to sign up for college at COS? Complete these steps:​

  1. Complete a COS Web Application

    Access the COS application through CCCApply. Submit the COS application online and print a copy of the confirmation page for your records. There are two parts, a CCC ID and then the actual COS application.

    - Not sure what to major in? Click here to view a list of all aca demic degree and vocational certificate programs at COS.
    Really not sure what to major in? Click here to take our free assessment to find a major that matches you (COS Career Coach).

  2. Submit Paperwork to Sign Up for the Access & Ability Center

    a - The student must complete and sign the AAC Intake Form , and then send it to our office at AAC@cos.edu (or send it to kyleca@cos.edu). If unable to digitally sign the form, we can sign it for you with your written consent through email.

    b - Please send a copy of your IEP/504 Plan/Medication info to our office at AAC@cos.edu  (or send it to kyleca@cos.edu)

  3. Attend the Intake Appointment to Authorize Your AAC Services

    Once we have reviewed both parts of your paperwork, we will contact you to schedule an appointment to plan your classes and accommodations.

  4. If you're wanting to apply for Financial Aid, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Dream Act Application.

    Access the FAFSA application website at https://studentaid.gov .  (if student is a US Citizen)
    Access the Dream Act application at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/  (if student is not a US Citizen)

  5. Register for Classes

    Pick times/days of courses for your first semester, attend AAC STEPS, or connect with Kyle Campbell (kyleca@cos.edu) to get help signing up for classes. Students can also register online.

  6. Complete the COS Orientation

    New COS students pursuing a certificate/degree/transfer program are required to complete an online orientation by logging into your MyGiant account. In August, we will also be offering a Bridge to COS Virtual Event (new student orientation; date/time TBD).

  7. Stay in Touch

    Contact Kyle Campbell (kyleca@cos.edu) regularly for ongoing support, as well as our AAC office to keep up to date with your services and AAC accommodations. To remain active in our program, you must have a minimum of one contact per year with our office.


Want to learn more? Here are some ways disability services are different in high school than in college:


There are many different reasons why going to college after high school can be a great option:

  • Improved self-esteem and confidence: Knowing that you are part of something bigger than yourself and learning about the world you live in can make you feel more valued.
  • Independence and Interdependence: Going to college will help you learn how to make more decisions, leading to increased autonomy. Also, learn how people need to cooperate together to make things work.
  • More opportunities: More education leads to more opportunities and choices.
  • Get to know yourself: Becoming disciplined through studying and pursuing goals can help you examine yourself and will make you discover more about who you are, who you want to be, and how to get there.
  • Give back: Serve as a role-model to children and others who have not gone to college by learning how to make a difference in your community.
  • More job security, more respect, better earnings, and something that can never be taken away from you - an understanding of how the world works, and where you fit in to that world

The Access & Ability Center offers assistance, support, and encouragement. Check out our Fact Sheet; it will help you see what the Access & Ability Center does and some of the different services we may provide. We are looking forward to meeting you and helping you plan and reach your educational goals!


 College Degree or Certificate

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​College of the Sequoias, Ac​cess & Ability Center
Phone:  (559) 730 - 3805
Website:  www.cos.edu/aac


 Entering into Employment

Department of Rehabilitation, Visalia
Phone:  (559) 735 - 3838
Website:  www.dor.ca.gov 




 Basic Skills/Professional Certificate

Visalia Adult School
Phone: (559) 730 - 7646
Website:  https://www.vusd.org/AdultSchool.cfm​​



Tulare Adult School ​
Phone:  (559) 686 - 0225