400 Progress Blvd.
Siler City, NC 27344
Bridge to Earning, Learning and Living (B.E.L.L.) Academy is for adults (at least 18 years old) with intellectual/developmental disabilities who have been referred by high school exceptional education teachers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and academic advisors and guidance counselors. B.E.L.L. Academy's emphasis is on improving reading, writing, math, and computer skills; helping adults become more independent; and offering hands-on, real-life career experiences. Hands-on career experiences include culinary, customer service assistant, gardening, hospitality/housekeeping assistant, and office assistant. B.E.L.L. Academy is located at the Siler City Center in Chatham County, The ARC in Harnett County, and the Lifelong Learning Center at W.B. Wicker in Lee County.
|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:||
|Requirements for admission to this program:||
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||3 years|
|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:||
|Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):||Typical Continuing Education courses|
|Students take courses that are only for students in this program:||Yes|
|Information on special classes:||
Courses focusing on life skills, career workshops, reading, communication, math, practicum experiences, a variety of clubs and community involvement experiences.
|Classroom/academic 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|
|The credential(s) is/are:||Just for students in this program|
|Other career development activities are:||
|We offer the following specialized credentials:||
Hands-on career experiences include culinary (baked goods), customer service assistant, gardening, hospitality/housekeeping assistant, and office assistant.
|Housing is provided to students:||No|
|Students participate in student organizations on campus:||No|
|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:||
The BELL Program is at a satellite campus, but participates in several collaborative efforts with other programs on campus.