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Career and Community Studies

Career and Community Studies
The College of New Jersey
Career and Community Studies
P.O. Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 6828
Program Contact Dr. Jerry G. Petroff
Phone 609.771.3083


The CCS Program is designed to provide academic, vocational and social experiences for young adults in a highly supportive yet challenging campus environment. A student-centered plan will be developed for each student through their participation in the Personal Exploration 101 course. Specific objectives will be developed and assessed through coursework in four central areas; liberal studies, vocational development, independent life and socialization/leisure. Students will receive support through trained mentors (specific to this program) while they participate in a variety of coursework and field based experiences on and off campus.

CCS offers the opportunity to apply for a summer session( 5weeks) and a 5th year independent study program. Both of theses initiate ar independent of the 4 year certificate program.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 40
Description of our summer transition program:


 Through discourse and experiential learning students will explore how theater, film and photography have served as vehicles of expression for social and activist functions including addressing the issues of racism, ableism, sexisms, and classism.

Students will explore how these art forms depicted and influenced societal representation of these basic philosophical beliefs and served as an impetus for change. In many cases, art reflected the collective values of a society that either embraced bigotry or worked against it.

Course and field work will allow students the opportunity to learn and reflect on how their own ideologies can be expressed in these various art forms.

During this five (5) week honor session, students will gain a better understanding of the intersection between art and culture that demonstrates the themes of, empowerment, self-expression, self-reflection and artistic practice. These themes will be

 developed through academic study, self-reflection, and community engagement (on/off campus.)  This session will feature a 3-day, 2-night course related trip to Philadelphia focusing on the session’s thematic elements.

Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-25
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • any disability
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 20%
Retention rate: 91%
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)
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Carrier and Community Study Certificate from The College of New Jersey
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Last updated: Monday, February 4, 2019 - 12:58