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SUNY Orange - Orange County Community College
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
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Program Contact Lisa Hayes
Program Contact Email
Phone 845-341-4694
Website Program website

The BRIDGES Program at SUNY Orange is a comprehensive three-year suite of noncredit workshops for anyone interested in learning and improving the basic skills of adulthood. Beginning Fall 2020, students have the flexibility to choose full time or part time enrollment, based on their needs. Workshops cover areas of common interest to adults, especially young adults, but fall outside traditional matriculated programming. Workshops include: Building social and professional relationships Time Management Money Management Setting Up Your Living Space Setting Healthy Boundaries Career Exploration - Identifying your skill set and strengths Career Readiness - Preparing to uses your skill set Workplace Communication Self Advocacy & Citizenship Health & Wellness - Self Care Stress Management Workshops are offered at three levels – Introductory (100), Intermediate (200) and Advanced (300). Each semester, students may enroll in any of the seven workshops available to their level and in the appropriate sequence. For example, new students begin in the fall at the 100 level. Upon completion of the fall workshop, students may continue in the spring in subsequent workshop. Students who complete 100 level workshops may continue to 200 and 300 level workshops. Students who complete all workshops at all three levels earn a certificate awarded to them at the college’s annual commencement ceremony.

Program information submitted: February 16, 2022

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: 32
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • developmental and/or physical disabilities
Program length: 3 years
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $15000.00
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)
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
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
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Social Engagement is designed to assist our students in building strong professional and interpersonal communication skills that can be applied across contexts in their adult lives. Executive Function is a course designed to assist our students in increasing their self-awareness, goal-setting and essential EF skills such as time management, planning and organization. Career Exploration, Introduction to Employment and Career Seminar are designed to guide our students through the process of identifying and building a path toward a career that aligns with their goals, skills and interests. Adaptive Skills suite: a suite of workshops that varies by semester and offers students various opportunities to learn independent living skills such as healthy living, home safety, personal finance and community mobility. Stress Management workshops help to develop students' understanding of and skills to assist with appropriately managing stress in their adult lives.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 25-49%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 50-74%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation