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Mohawk Valley Community College
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY 13501
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Program Contact Stephanie Schreck
Program Contact Email
Phone 315-334-7775
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

What is CollegeWorks?
• A college-based collaborative program between The Arc, Oneida-Lewis, and Mohawk Valley Community College. CollegeWorks classes are held at MVCC (Utica or Rome campus).
• Two-year, non-degree, non-credit, vocational program on a college campus.
• A program that educates and trains students on numerous career tracks for job placement.
• Teaches students (classroom and community experiences) necessary soft skills for employment and social success.
• Off-campus housing is an option (Utica site only) within walking distance of campus.
• Summer exploratory presents an opportunity for students to experience what CollegeWorks offers.

Who attends CollegeWorks? People with developmental disabilities (18 years old and older) wanting to attend a post-secondary program attend a post-secondary program with a full college experience that may lead to employment.

Where is CollegeWorks located? MVCC Utica campus MVCC Rome campus

What are the perks of being on a college campus? CollegeWorks students receive an MVCC Student ID. Access to student activities (except for student congress & team athletics). Access to student clubs.

Are college dorms available? The CollegeWorks program has off-campus residences located in Utica for students who want to attend college while living away from home. These dorm-like settings support students as they learn skills to prepare them for independent living. Each student has their own room while enjoying communal living with support from staff.

Is there tuition for CollegeWorks? Students must be Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) eligible with Medicaid waiver services. No private pay options are available at this time.

Program information submitted: January 24, 2023

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: 16
Summer program name Summer Exploratory
Description of our summer transition program:
School district or agency partner: The Arc of Oneida Lewis Chapter
Contact person: Stephanie Schreck
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: None: Rolling Admissions
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
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:
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available:

Dustin Gonyea Scholarship - to help with the cost of transportation
Lynda Ford Scholarship
• Demonstrates strong work ethic through maintaining an acceptable attendance record of 90% or better throughout the semester.
• Demonstrates strong interest in gaining employment and in the community by attending and participating in all community tours and activities assigned including job shadowing experiences.
• Demonstrates good citizenship toward classmates, staff and the MVCC community through positive interactions with others and the willingness to serve ones community.
• Demonstrates the ability to achieve and maintain highest level of independence in the community as possible.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Everyday Living Mathematics, Core Life Skills for Young Adults Living Independently, Life Management, Customer Service, Community Resources, Public Speaking, Obtaining and Retaining Employment, Career Exploratory Internship Seminar, Personal Wellness, Personal Financial Planning, Job Readiness, Life After College, Physical Fitness, Computers, Interpersonal Communication, Contemporary + Diverse Topics in Employment

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 0%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Health services
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 13%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Students participate in volunteer activities both years of program. During their senior year, students participate in 2, 20 hour internships in a business of their choosing.

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Specialized off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
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
  • Club sports
  • Campus events