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College of Direct Support

The College of Direct Support (CDS) is an electronic learning provider endorsed by the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services.  CCPA has obtained administrator rights by paying the initial $2,950 fee so that direct service provider agencies can enroll in the program as sub-administrators at a drastically reduced rate.  The CCPA College of Direct Support program was established in October 2007.

About the Program

CCPA Members can enroll in the program through CCPA and save up to $1,750 off the cost of administrator fees based on the size of the organization. Nonmembers can also save significantly by signing up through CCPA.

As an administrator, CCPA is responsible for providing technical assistance for program participants, assigning privileges for sub-administrators and providing the roll out for the College of Direct Support at a state-wide level.

Sub-admins gain familiarity with the system through the HELP documents offered online (useful step-by-step guides) and via phone/email support through CCPA.  Sub-admins are also able to attend monthly “Roundtable Webinars” with CDS staff that focus on pre-determined topics related to CDS courses, new features/upgrades, etc.

Agencies that sign on in the program will act as sub-administrators and will have unlimited access to online training courses offered in the systems, be able to enroll staff, assign courses and access and run reports.

Beginning in 2012, new sub-administrators can only enroll with one Department; other system limitations also apply.

Number of Employees
Member Rate Annually
Non-Member Rate Annually
1-50 $1,200 $1,500
51-100 $1,300 $1,800
101-200 $1,500 $2,100
If your agency has more than 200 learners, the College of Direct Support recommends joining the program on your own as an Administrator, and not under the CCPA umbrella.


Current organizations participating as Sub-Administrators include:

  • Arc of Farmington Valley
  • Bristol Adult Resource Center
  • Easter Seals of Greater Waterbury
  • GIL Foundation
  • MARC Community Resources
  • SARAH, Inc.
  • Arc of New London County
  • Chapel Haven
  • Futures
  • HARC
  • Oak Hill
For more information on how your agency can access this online learning system by becoming a CDS sub-administrator, please contact Sherri Woolley at swoolley@ccpa-inc.org