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ACE @ MCC (Access to College Experiences @ Monroe Community College)

ACE @ MCC (Access to College Experiences @ Monroe Community College)
Monroe Community College
ACE @ MCC (Access to College Experiences @ Monroe Community College)
Monroe Community College, Downtown Campus
321 State Street
Rochester, NY 14608
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Program Contact Jean McCrumb
Program Contact Email
Phone (585) 685-6216

The ACE @ MCC Program offers students with intellectual and developmental disabilities an opportunity to participate in college experiences that focus on employment readiness, social inclusion, and skills for independence. Monroe Community College partners with Arc of Monroe and the Greece School District to provide a program comprised of four main parts: internships, both on and off campus; social experiences including interacting with peers on campus, joining clubs, and participating in events and activities; employment readiness and life strategies training; and the option for academic enhancement while auditing one MCC course per semester.

Program information submitted: January 30, 2023

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 18
School district or agency partner: Arc of Monroe Community Outreach Coordinator (585) 672-2222 and Greece School District - Lori Ruggeri - - (585) 966-2000
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Depends on supporting school district or agency
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • Age range: Greece School District student age range is 18 - 21
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length:
  • 1 year
  • 2 years
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Local School District funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
  • Self-Direction funds pay for tuition if applicable.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Not all students choose to take college courses although they are encouraged to do so. Some students decide to take college courses after participating in the program for one or two semesters. Every student at the college who wishes to audit a course needs professor approval.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students take courses relevant to life strategies including banking and money management, wellness, self-advocacy, social interaction, travel training, and more. Students also take courses relevant to employment readiness including time management, communication, organization, teamwork and more.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 25-49%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 1%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 1%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Students have on or off campus internships, as well as participating in volunteer work and community service.

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 50-74%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Graduation