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Career and Community Studies (TCNJ)

Career and Community Studies (TCNJ)
The College of New Jersey
Career and Community Studies (TCNJ)
The College of New Jersey School of Education , Career and Community Studies Program
2000 Pennington Road , EDUC 304
Ewing, NJ 08618-1100
Program Contact Amy K Schuler (Asst DIrector) -- Dr. Jerry Petroff (Faculty Director)
Program Contact Email
Phone 609 771 3342
Website Program website
Facebook TCNJ-CCS Facebook Page

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:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 42
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)
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-25
  • Have a significant intellectual disability and/or adaptive behavior limitations that would impact their ability to participate in a general post-secondary education curriculum (AAIDD definition of Intellectual Disability), display sufficient emotional and independent stability to participate in all aspects of the CCS coursework and campus environment, be interested in a collegiate based independent living experience, able to self- administer medicine, demonstrate a desire to continue their education and have ability to benefit from a college based program that focuses on career exploration/readiness, student/life community participation and life-long liberal learning.

Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome, Fragile X, TBI, Cerebal Palsy, Williams Syndrome
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

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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District 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 audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: 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.  Students spend about 40% of their academic time in courses only for students in the program, and the remaining 60% in inclusive TCNJ courses.

Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Career and Community Studies. Sanctioned by The College of New Jersey
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
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:
  • Specialized on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes