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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)
Downtown Campus
321 State Street
Rochester, NY 14608
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Program Contact Jean McCrumb, Program Coordinator
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, the Greece School District, and Lifetime Assistance, Inc. 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; employment readiness and life strategies training; and the option for academic enhancement while auditing one MCC course per semester.

Arc of Monroe
Community Outreach Coordinator

Greece School District
Kathy Richardson

Lifetime Assistance, Inc.
Amy Mitchell
(585)426-4120 x3304

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: 30
School district or agency partner: Arc of Monroe, Greece School District, Lifetime Assistance, Inc.
Deadline to apply to this program: Depends on agency or school district
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • Depends on particular program entering; school district or agency
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Cost of the program: Tuition for 2019-2020 ranges from $366-$915 per semester for audited classes. Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Additional costs: $0.00
Other costs include Student Life Fee, Technology Fee, Enrollment Records Fee, Book and Required Supplies, Lab Fee, Transportation Fees, Parking Fee
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

Not all students in the program audit courses, but those who do audit a College Orientation and Success Strategies course their first semester. Students select a pathway and take courses associated with the pathway.

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

Career Development and Life Strategies training is provided through the program.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion (awarded to students who audit courses)
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 15%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 10%
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Anime Club, Black Student Union, Campus Ambassadors, Chess Club, Comic Creator Club, Disability Awareness Club, Honorable Women, Pride Alliance, Science Fiction Club, and more. Students have held officer positions in clubs, and one student started a club on campus that still exists today.

Students are active participants in many campus organizations and events. Students participate in Student Government activities and events, attend on-campus College Hour events Mondays and Wednesdays, and participate in other special events. Students help with the planning and setup of some events.

Last updated: Friday, February 28, 2020 - 12:38