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College Steps (Kean University)

College Steps (Kean University)
Kean University
College Steps (Kean University)
1000 Morris Ave.
Union, NJ 7083
Program Contact Brya Emery
Program Contact Email admissions@collegesteps.org
Phone 8887321022
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

College Steps is a non-profit organization partnered with Kean University to support students with social, communication, or learning challenges (including but not limited to students with significant learning disabilities, autism, developmental, or intellectual disabilities), ages 18-26, as they transition to college. The mission of College Steps is to expand support for young adults with the functional skills sufficient to transition to a college environment, but who remain challenged to succeed and thrive in this adult learning setting without additional support. College Steps is committed to transition services and specializes in preparing students for meaningful careers, higher education, and autonomy after graduation. We place a strong emphasis on inclusion, self-advocacy, employment, and independent living skills and aim to provide high-quality educational support for students who are interested in pursuing a college primer experience during their transition year(s) in high school. In addition to the high school transition model, College Steps also offers contracted support hours for college students enrolled at participating colleges and the option of a two-year certificate program for students (ages 18-26) interested in receiving a college experience and job training on a college campus. Our students are supported by one of our full-time program coordinators and are mentored by fully matriculated college students. The majority of the day-to-day support students receive is through their work with peer mentors, which allows for a truly inclusive environment and is one of the features of our model we are most proud of. College Steps students typically spend 25 hours per week on campus, take 1-2 courses per semester, and would be considered tuition paying non-matriculated students. College Steps is able to partner with virtually any college or university that emphasizes inclusively and is interested in opening its doors to this unique and novel supportive learning model. Our program is offered at no cost to our collegiate partners and offers a wonderful opportunity for matriculated students to take part in a valuable mentoring experience. Finally, a small class size of up to 10 students per year allows our staff to fully meet the needs of the scholars. College Steps is currently partnered with twelve colleges and universities across New England and the Mid Atlantic and is sustainably developing at least two new partnerships per year. If you feel there is a need in your community that has yet to be filled or if you are interested in one of our existing programs, please reach out to us. Brya Emery, Director of Admissions admissions@collegesteps.org

Program information submitted: February 18, 2022

General
Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Affiliates
School district or agency partner: Various Area School Districts
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Priority Applications due March 1st
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 16 - 25
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Executive Functioning Deficits
Program length: 2 years
Cost
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Academic
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
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Two-Year Certificate Program
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:
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Employment
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? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 1-24%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation