115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
BRIDGES is an inclusive post secondary education experience for young adults (age 21 or have exited high school) with ID, DD, and ASD.
Born of the growing belief that individuals with intellectual or cognitive disabilities have the right to experience collegiate life in a way that is appropriate to meet their need and advance their long-term goals, BRIDGES joins a growing roster of similar program throughout the state and country.
It is our goal that BRIDGES graduates will join the many SUNY Orange alumni who consider their experience at SUNY Orange as pivotal to starting adult life pursuing formal higher education, enjoying the dignity of living independently and engaging in meaningful work.
BRIDGES offers academic and career exploration for students with varying abilities through a student-centered, learner active and customized course of study designed to meet individual interests, skills and goals. The program has three areas of academic focus:
1. Social Skills
2. Vocational Preparation
3. Life Skills
|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:||Have graduated or exited from high school|
|Number of students:||30|
|Deadline to apply to this program:||March 1|
|Link to admissions process:||Admissions link|
|Requirements for admission to this program:||
|Accepts out-of-state students?:||Yes|
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||3 years|
|Cost of the program:||$7500 per semester for tuition|
|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:||
Several scholarships are available. The Ullrich, Harrington and COTA Club scholarships are administered through the SUNY Orange Foundation. Three scholarships are administered through the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (CFOS).
|Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):||
|Students take courses that are only for students in this program:||Yes|
|Information on special classes:||
BRIDGES has an extensive curriculum to support students including social skills, consumer math, executive functioning and life skills.
|Time spent only with other students in this program:||Between half the time and 75% of the time|
|Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program:||Certificate|
|The credential(s) is/are:||
|Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program:||20%|
|Other career development activities are:||
|Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program:||25%|
|We offer the following specialized credentials:||
|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:||50%|
|Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:||
Most activities sponsored by Center for Student Involvement. Participation in the following clubs: Dance, Outdoor, Veterans, Intramurals, Acting, SAGA, Criminal Justice as well as the Program's officially recognized club: BRIDGES.
BRIDGES also partners with various departments such as OTA, Spanish and Sustainability throughout the year for special events.