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BRIDGES

BRIDGES
SUNY Orange - Orange County Community College
BRIDGES
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
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Program Contact Patricia Bassey
Email patriciabassey@sunyorange.edu
Phone 845-341-4694
Website http://sunyorange.edu/bridges

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: March 23, 2021

General
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: 29
Requirements
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: Rolling admissions. We suggest applying no later than April 1 to ensure sufficient planning.
Criteria for admission
  • Ability to safely navigate the campus and abide by the College's Code of Conduct.

Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome, TBI, ADHD
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 90.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $15000.00
Additional costs: $0.00

There is an additional cost to audit courses. The cost to audit varies based on the number of credits associated with the course.

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
Scholarships available:

The SUNY Orange Foundation currently oversees four scholarships created specifically for BRIDGES. Students have also been awarded scholarships from two outside organizations that support our mission.

Academic
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
More about course access:

Students audit one or more credit courses of their choosing each semester. Students may opt to enroll for credit instead of auditing.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Information on special classes:

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. Students have the flexibility to choose full time or part time enrollment, based on their goals. 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.

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Occupational Studies
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 15%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 25%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Very limited due to COVID

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

BRIDGES students have the opportunity to participate in all social and extracurricular activities offered on campus including clubs, intramurals, student government, and events sponsored by the Board of Activities. The BRIDGES Club is formally recognized by the Student Senate and receives annual funding through the Center for Student Involvement.