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Bearcat BEST

Bearcat BEST
Saint Vincent College
Bearcat BEST
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650
Program Contact Dr. Philip Kanfush, BCBA-D, LBS, CBIS
Phone 7248052378

The Bearcat B.E.S.T. (Building Excellence through Skills Training) transition program is a college-campus based transition program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students attend on a full-time basis (8:30-3:30 Monday through Friday). The program enables young adults with these disabilities to bridge the gap from the K-12 school environment to adulthood, building the skills needed for maximal adult independence in a safe, supportive campus setting with typically developing peers. The goals of the program are to develop the students' capabilities in each of four pillar areas: functional academics, vocational training, activities of daily living and social skills. \ \ Functional academic skills enable students to grow the academic skills necessary to live with maximized independence through instruction tied to the Pennsylvania Core standards in reading and mathematics. Independent living skills teach students the skills necessary to live in, and to make a meaningful contribution to, settings in which they reside, be that with family or in group home or other residential arrangements. Social skills training empowers students with skills necessary to initiate and maintain healthy relationships, with particular emphasis on the development of self-advocacy skills, to prepare students for community involvement. Vocational training enables students to explore and prepare for competitive integrated employment upon completion of the Bearcat B.E.S.T. Program. Bearcat BEST students enjoy all of the programming and facility privileges that matriculated undergraduate students at Saint Vincent College enjoy, including participation in clubs, access to the recreational and fitness facilities, and attendance at sporting and cultural events.

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
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: 11
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-21
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome, EBD, Other disabilities
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Instruction in reading, math, vocational skills, social skills, self-advocacy skills and independent living skills is provided.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Attendance
The credential(s) is/are: Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
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: About half the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students are eligible to use all facilities and to join undergraduate student clubs if they choose to do so.

Last updated: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 22:11