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Bridge to Earning, Learning and Living (BELL)

Bridge to Earning, Learning and Living (BELL)
Roberts Wesleyan College
Bridge to Earning, Learning and Living (BELL)
Roberts Wesleyan College
2301 Westside Dr
Rochester, NY 14624
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Program Contact Mikaela Potter
Program Contact Email
Phone 585.594.6807
Website Program website

<p>The BELL program enrolls students with intellectual disabilities age 18-26 years old. It is a three way partnership between Roberts Wesleyan College, Monroe 2 BOCES (school age agency), and CP Rochester (adult agency). Academic coaches, peer mentors, and Job Training and Transition Specialist support students in all 3 areas of Earning, Learning, and Living, utilizing a Person-Centered Planning approach. Successful completion of 4 semesters leads to a Certificate Awarded by Roberts Wesleyan College demonstrating students have met specific skill and academic competencies, and clock hours. Inclusive residential opportunities will be piloted in fall 2018.</p>

Program information submitted a year or more ago

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: 12
School district or agency partner: Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES
Contact person: Nicole Littlewood
Deadline to apply to this program: April 30th
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $6000.00
Room and board: $14000.00
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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
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
More about course access:

<p>Most students audit classes. Rarely, students take courses for traditional undergraduate credit, however in spring 18 one student is taking 3 college courses for credit, and one student is taking 1 college course for credit.</p>

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

<p>Functional Academic Coursework includes ELA and Math support, independent living skills, job readiness skills, self-advocacy, communication skills, college class readiness.</p>

Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 10%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 75%
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