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Exploring Post Secondary Education for People with Intellectual Disabilities


June 21, 8AM-2:30PM

The College is exploring the possibility of offering a non degree certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities. This Integrated Studies program would be a 2-4 year program for students 18-26 who have had an IEP and have completed their high school experience (with a certificate or diploma) and now wish to pursue inclusive higher education. Our program will be modeled after the highly successful Integrated Studies program at Gwynedd Mercy University in Pennsylvania, and shares their vision of increasing access to college to increase employment outcomes, self-determination, independent living skills and social skills.

Join us for a “Day of Exploration” on Tuesday, June 21, from 8AM to 2:30PM. Check-in and continental breakfast will begin at 8am. This is open to students with intellectual disabilities, their families, teachers, ed-techs, case managers, and more. We’ll share our vision and plans, and ask for your ideas and input. We’ll also have workshops about preparing students for the post secondary world. (Contact hours certificates will be given for these). Students will have their own track – a combination of campus tour, scavenger hunt, with some self-advocacy skill building thrown in (and of course, the all important college t-shirt!) We’ll end the day with lunch and lawn games lakeside. For those who wish to stay after lunch, we’ll offer campus tours and listening sessions for you to tell us what you think and to gauge your interest.

This day is free, but registration by June 15 is required.  FMI, including the day’s schedule and the registration, please visit: https://www.sjcme.edu/integrated-studies-program/

If you have any questions, please feel free to email jgreslick@sjcme.edu, or call (207) 893-7642.