Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Erin Ritchey Educator Award Winner, 2022
League for Innovation in the Community College, Innovation of the Year Award Winner, 2023
Sinclair Community College invites you to apply for our Tartan TOPS Program (Transition Option in Post-Secondary Education).
The TOPS Program will provide an educational/career pathway for part-time students who have an intellectual disability. Students completing the pathway will receive an Academic Career Readiness and Training credential. The general education courses taken as part of this program will assist students with developing the skills needed for academic and career success. Students will complete two semesters of internship experiences to prepare them to enter the workforce.
Prospective students can request additional information by completing the Prospective Student Tartan TOPS Interest Form. Professionals, including high schools and transition coordinators, as well as other organizations who would like to request additional information or presentations can complete the Professional Tartan TOPS Interest Form.
The main components of the program include:
The admissions process requires students to complete and submit the following documents:
Tartan TOPS students pay only for Sinclair tuition and fees. Students are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester. There are no additional Tartan TOPS program fees. All students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid by completing the FAFSA.
The Tartan TOPS Podcast highlights the experiences of TOPS students.
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Welcome to the Tartan TOPS Lounge, your place to call home! Tartan TOPS students have access to special places on campus where they can relax, socialize, and study.
Located in Building 9, Room 223, students enjoy using the Education Department's Lending Library to socialize and study. The space is intended to be a spot where cohorts can gather or students can spend time with friends. Students can also work on homework or surf the web at one of the computer stations. Headphones and webcams are available if they are needed.
If students are looking to decompress from the day or just need some quiet time, they can enjoy the sensory room in Building 9, Room 221. Equipped with a sound and light machine, books, and manipulatives, it is the perfect space to just relax. Room 221, home to the Program Coordinator and Transition Support Specialist, also has a private area where students can focus on their academics or meet with supports from across the college. Bookshelves have literature about campus and community resources as well as office supplies for student use.
If you are interested in learning more about the Tartan TOPS Lounge or the program, please contact Tristan Chaput, Faculty and Program Coordinator to schedule your campus visit! She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.