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Blackburn and Beyond

Blackburn and Beyond
Blackburn College
Blackburn and Beyond
700 College Avenue
Carlinville, IL 62626
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Program Contact Dr. Cindy Rice
Phone 217-854-5679
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Blackburn and Beyond (B&B) is a four-year postsecondary opportunity for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who have exited high school. Blackburn and Beyond is intended to provide an inclusive and immersive college education based on student individual goals and plans. Blackburn College is the only work college in the United States that offers a four-year comprehensive transition program for students with IDD. B&B aligns coursework, campus work opportunities, and extracurricular activities with each student’s academic interests and employment goals.

Program information submitted: June 23, 2021

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
Number of students: 0
This program will be serving students in: 2021-2022
School district or agency partner: Carlinville Community Unit School District #1
Contact person: Dr. Becky Schuchman
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Open
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-28
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • ADHD
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

New Program

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $24950.00
Room and board: $8600.00
Program fees: $5000.00
Additional costs: $0.00

Full-time, residential students are required to participate in the Work Program and will receive a Tuition Work Credit of $5,000 on their aid package for 160 hours of work/per semester.

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:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

Blackburn College will award scholarships to all our Blackburn & Beyond students utilizing FAFSA information to determine the amount. As a Work College, each student works 10 hours per week and receives a $5,000 tuition credit.

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
  • Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access:

Blackburn & Beyond students can participate in Blackburn College courses as electives or for transcript credit. Students participate in these courses to the best of their ability. Some modifications can be made when these courses are taken for credit but all course requirements must be met by the B&B student. Courses designed specifically for the Blackburn and Beyond Certificate of Accomplishment are not offered for transfer credit and count toward the Certificate only. Students receive both an academic transcript and a work transcript indicating the skills and certifications earned through the Work Program.

Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of 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 Accomplishment
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Blackburn College is a Work College all students gain valuable skills while reducing cost.

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: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Blackburn & Beyond students are encouraged to participate in a variety of possible College clubs and organizations including; Circle K International, Habitat for Humanity, Black Student Union, Blackburn Choir, and many others. Blackburn & Beyond students are encouraged to participate in athletics including; cross country, golf, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, and volleyball.