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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
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CollegeWorks is a two-year, non-degree certificate program tailored specifically to students with developmental disabilities offered at a college campus to help students receive a college experience while simultaneously gaining the skills and knowledge needed to transition them into independent adult roles. CollegeWorks enables the students to build self-esteem, develop life and communication skills, strengthen job skills, enhance interpersonal skills, and practice many of the abilities needed to live and work independently.

Program information submitted: February 28, 2021

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
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. College Works offers a vocational summer exploratory to high-school students with disabilities, ages 17 and up, in a supervised environment. A sampling of a CollegeWorks environment is provided to determine if CollegeWorks is an option when transitioning from high-school or to jumpstart their CollegeWorks experience.
School district or agency partner: The Arc of Oneida Lewis Chapter
Contact person: Brooke Burrows
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • TBI
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Cost of the program:
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
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
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? No
Information on special classes: Our core curriculum encompasses a wide range of courses pertaining to employment such as Career Exploratory, Job Readiness, Customer Service, Obtaining and Retaining Work, Community Resources and Contemporary and Diverse Topics in Employment. CollegeWorks also offers other courses in addition to our core curriculum.
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 of Completion
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%