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Tartan TOPS

Tartan Tops...Educational/Career Pathway

Sinclair Community College Accessibility Services 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.


Career Readiness & Training Transition Program

The main components of the program include:

  • Application, skills assessment, and interview
  • Orientation to program goals and expectations
  • Career Readiness and Training Program classes
  • Embedded tutoring in required academic courses
  • Extensive opportunities for training on assistive technology
  • Tutoring services to provide assistance in reading, writing, math, and study strategies
  • A peer-mentoring program
  • Academic accommodations and career-focused counseling
  • Internships
  • Extracurricular activities

Admission Process

The admissions process requires students to complete and submit the following documents:

  • Application 
    • Applications for Fall 2023 are open until April 1, 2023. 
      • Early decisions will be sent in December 2022. All other decisions will be sent in May 2023.
    • Applications for Fall 2024 will be accepted starting in August 2023. 
  • Skills Assessment
  • Evaluation Team Report (ETR)
  • Evidence of prior/current IEP or 504 Plan or other supporting documentation


Tuition and Fees

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.


Tartan TOPS Podcast 

The Tartan TOPS Podcast highlights the experiences of TOPS students. 

  • Episode 1: A Conversation with Sierra | view Transcription
    In this episode, Tristan Chaput, Tartan TOPS Program Coordinator, sits down with Sierra, a student in her first semester at Sinclair. They discuss Sierra's career goals, her academic classes, as well as advice she has for prospective students.
  • Episode 2: A Conversation with Alex | view Transcription
    In this episode, Sierra sits down with Alex, a student in his third semester at Sinclair. Alex and Sierra share their thoughts on classes transitioning from completely remote to face-to-face, how classes are going, their role models, and much more. 
Contact Icon Contact Information:

Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
P: 937-512-2309
Public Videophone
P: 937-701-6784

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Virtual Tour Tartan TOPS Spaces

Welcome to the Tartan TOPS Lounge, your place to call home! As you come in to visit us and to access our spaces, you will be greeted in the reception and there are chairs and a table where you can wait, and a safe place to hang bags.
We have 3 spaces available: a focus zone, collaboration space, and a gathering hub. The focus space is a minimum distraction space where a student can focus on homework, general studying, and decompress from the day. It equipped with a computer and additional seating for private meetings. The collaboration space has two desks for students who want to work collaboratively or independently but do not need a minimal distraction room. The bookshelves have literature about campus and community resources as well as office supplies for student use. The gathering hub has a conference-style table with chairs and a white board. The space is intended to be a spot where cohorts can gather or students can spend time with friends. The room will be equipped with a TV and computer for students to interact remotely with representatives from community resources or to attend webinars as a group. All spaces that have computers will have webcams and headsets for students to use. If you are interested in learning more about the Tartan TOPS Lounge or the program, please contact Tristan Chaput, Program Coordinator to schedule your campus visit! She can be reached via phone at 937-512-2309 or email at