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Graduate Transition Program

About the GTP Program

GTP Graduation

The Graduate Transition Program (GTP) at Montgomery College on the Rockville Campus, is a custom-tailored and learning community program that offers students a unique postsecondary opportunity to further their formal education. 

The objective of the program is to enable students, while in a supportive college environment, to transition to greater independent living through developmentally appropriate educational, vocational, and life-skill services. This two-year, tuition-based, credit-free certificate program that began in 2001, focuses on basic academic skills and enhances
students’ potential success as productive citizens in the community.

The College schedule consists of two 14-week semesters, for two years. Students receive academic instruction 3 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Small class sizes, experienced faculty and staff, and individual classroom assistants encourage an interactive and dynamic learning environment designed specifically for students with special needs. Classes offered include reading and writing, science, health, anatomy, world history and current events, communications and public speaking, art, computers, and more.

Our mission is to empower individuals to live, learn, work, and participate in the social fabric of our community. We believe, given the opportunity and proper support, all individuals can achieve academic success, successful careers, and personal growth.

 A Unique College Experience

Montgomery College Workforce Development and Continuing Education provides: 

  • Welcoming environment
  • College campus setting
  • Specifically tailored curriculum
  • Professional, experienced faculty and staff
  • Classroom assistance
  • Small class size
  • Opportunities to build supportive relationships with faculty and peers

Enrollment and Admission

The Graduate Transition Program is open to students who have exited from special education high school programs, have a minimum reading level of third grade, have basic conversational skills, independent self-help skills, ability to navigate the College campus independently, and abide by MC’s Student Code of Conduct. 

For more information and to apply to the GTP program email Limited scholarships are available.

Special thanks and acknowledgment to the following for their generous contributions towards Challenge and GTP Program scholarships and transition-related  supports:

  • DC-RSA Services
  • Supported by a grant from The HSC Pediatric Center
  • Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Montgomery College Foundation
  • Jerome S & Grace H. Murray Foundation
  • John E. Green, Sr. Educational Scholarship
  • Potomac Community Resources, Inc.
  • Bob and Linda Youngentob
  • Montgomery College WDCE scholarships
  • Private donations
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Program Partners

Potomac Community Resources, Inc.

Serving Teens and Adults with Developmental Differences

Potomac Community Resources, Inc. (PCR) promotes the full inclusion into community life of teens and adults with developmental differences by providing over 35 therapeutic, recreational, social, educational, and respite care programs. Learn more about Potomac Community Resources, Inc.


Project SEARCH is a one-year school-to-work transition program designed for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are either in their last year of high school or are recent graduates. The Project SEARCH program model was developed at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1996 and has been duplicated more than 200 times nationwide and in five countries. Through this program, young adults develop the tools necessary for employment, and skills needed for self determination, management and self advocacy. Learn more about SEEC, Project Searchnew window.