The College of New Jersey School of Education , Career and Community Studies Program
2000 Pennington Road , EDUC 304
Ewing, NJ 08618-1100
Established in 2006, The Career and Community Studies Program (CCS) is a four-year transition/post- secondary, certificate based residential program for young adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. CCS is sanctioned as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) for students with intellectual disabilities as approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
Located in the School of Education on the beautiful campus of The College of New Jersey (one of New Jersey's premier institutions of higher education), CCS is designed to provide academic, career readiness and student life experiences in a highly supportive yet challenging campus environment.
Each student begins their journey in the program with the development of a student-centered plan, 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 living and student life. This plan will be reviewed and assessed throughout the four years in a variety of ways, assuring outcomes grounded in self-direction, cohesive and meaningful outcomes.
Students receive individualized support from trained and supervised TCNJ peer mentors in coursework, field -based experiences on/off campus and student/campus life.
CCS students are part of the campus fiber with full inclusion and involvement in clubs, intramural/club sports teams and all social activities. CCS students have been founders of new clubs, served on executive boards of clubs, been involved in student government, rushed service fraternities and much more.
Students who successfully complete the program earn a certificate of completion in Career and Community Studies sanctioned by The Board of Directors of The College of New Jersey. Students partake in all commencement ceremonies/activities alongside their peers.
In addition to the four-year course of study CCS does offer an academic "theme based" honors summer session (5 weeks/culminating trip) and a 5th year independent study program. Both of these initiatives are independent of the 4-year certificate program.
CCS also offers a 2-year articulation option to students who have successfully completed Bergen County Community College Turning Point Program.
Program information submitted: April 22, 2021
|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:||
|Number of students:||42|
|Description of our summer transition program:|
|Program serves students who have left high school?||Some of our students have left high school|
|Deadline to apply to this program:||Winter (as noted on website each year)|
|Link to admissions process:||Admissions link|
|Criteria for admission||
|Accepts out-of-state students?:||Yes|
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||4 years|
|Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates|
|Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one||99.00%|
|Notes on acceptance and attendance:||One student left due to Covid critieria|
|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:||
|Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):||Typical college courses for audit|
|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:||Students take core curriculum courses each semester in addition to cross curriculum courses. These courses provided continual advancement and refinement of core skills in academics (e.g. writing), math (e.g personal finance) independent living (e.g. health and wellness) that may not offered by the college|
|Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program:||About 75% of the time|
|Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program:||Certificate in Career and Community Studies.. Sanctioned by The College of New Jersey|
|Is the credential IHE-approved?||Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE|
|Do students earn STEM-related certificates?||No|
|Other career development activities are:||
|Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program?||No|
|Housing is provided to students:||Yes|
|Housing options available:||
|Students participate in student organizations on campus:||Yes|
|Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program:||25%|