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Mohawk Valley Community College
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY 13501
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Program Contact Brooke Burrows
Phone 315-792-5465

CollegeWorks is a 2 year post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The goal of the program is employment and independent living upon graduation. CollegeWorks offers dorm like living option for individuals attending the program.

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: 15
Description of our summer transition program: Summer session is required of all students including recent graduates who begin working with community resources to find a job and/or apartment.
School district or agency partner: The Arc of Oneida Lewis Chapter
Contact person: Brooke Burrows
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admissions
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • must be 18 and over
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
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 40%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program: No cost. This is an OPWDD waiver program. Students must be eligible for waiver services. Students who reside in the CollegeWorks dorms must receive SSI to cover the cost of room and board.
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)
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available:

One transportation assistance scholarship each year.
Three to five $100 scholarships to incoming freshmen.

Students take these types of "typical" 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:

Curriculum is specific to pre-employment , career exploration and career concentration.

Time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 5%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 30%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Certificate of completion through The Arc Oneida Lewis.

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Specialized off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 75%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students participate in all campus activities as with college counterparts. Students enjoy joining clubs, attending diversity events and join intramural sports teams. Students obtain a college ID which gets them into call campus event and have a college email address.

Last updated: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 11:29