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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 Brianna Sutton
Program Contact Email
Phone 217 854 5678
Website Program website

Blackburn and Beyond is a program designed to increase opportunities for young adults with diverse learning abilities. The only program of its kind in downstate Illinois, Blackburn and Beyond was founded with the idea that individuals never stop learning and growing, and – with the right goals and proper assistance – everyone has the ability to achieve more. Blackburn offers a diverse and welcoming community for this on-campus program. Approved by the U.S. Department of Education as a comprehensive transition program (CTP), Blackburn and Beyond supports continuing academic, social, and/or independent living instruction and will be enhanced with participation in Blackburn’s nationally-recognized Work Program. Based on individualized goals, each student will have access to any course offered by the College and will receive support from mentors and tutors to set everyone up for success. Career development is also an important part of any CTP and Blackburn offers a unique opportunity as the only student-led work program in the nation. Blackburn and Beyond students will be able to participate along with the majority of their peers within any of the College’s 12 work departments or with community sponsors. The four-year program includes pathways for a certificate and a Bachelor’s Degree. With the approval by the Department of Education, Blackburn and Beyond students may complete the FAFSA form to receive federal financial assistance. Students will also be eligible for funding from the state of Illinois.

Program information submitted: January 12, 2023

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: 6
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 high school diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Deadline to apply to this program: Oct. 15th and April 15th
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental Disabilites or proof of disability with cognitive impact
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 67.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $17000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $17000.00
Room and board: $9020.00
Program fees: $0.00
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:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

Macoupin Promise Ruth and Edwin Rice Scholarship

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Accomplishment
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Bachelor's degree

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • 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: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation