Learn More About ACCESS

  • ACCESS is a three semester, post-high school program based out of MidAmerica Nazarene University for students on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) looking to build job skills in a competitive employment setting. Administrators utilize fading job coach supports and community transportation to support student independence. More information is available from teacher Jackie Houghton at 913-971-3477 or via email at jphoughton@olatheschools.org.

    Program leaders focus on learning the hard and soft skills that students need to be successful on the job. This is done in community employment settings, and the ACCESS classroom. We also take part in Johnson County Community College’s CLEAR program, which allows adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities to take non-credit continuing education courses.

    Work settings include community job sites, volunteer work at MNU and around the community, and Latte Licious, a student-run coffee cart that caters coffee and other drinks for various events and occasions around the Olathe School District.

    ACCESS follows the high school senior calendar with the following hours:

    • Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Sample Schedule for a Typical Monday

    • 8:00 a.m., arrive at ACCESS, check daily schedule, and watch student news
    • 8:30-10:30 a.m., morning job site
    • 11:00-11:30 a.m., lunch
    • 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m., giving back at MidAmerica Nazarene University
    • 12:30-2:30 p.m., afternoon job site
    • 2:45-3:00 p.m., job talk and daily wrap-up

    Mission Statement

    To prepare students to . . .

    • lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives
    • contribute to their community
    • collaborate with family, professionals, agencies, and employers
    • assist the student in self-awareness and to become empowered to ultimately achieve his/her dream for a better quality of life.