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CrossingPoints Summer Bridge Program

CrossingPoints Summer Bridge Program
University of Alabama
CrossingPoints Summer Bridge Program
Box 870232
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Program Contact Amy Williamson
Phone 205.348.3180

CrossingPoints Summer Bridge Program is a postsecondary pipeline program for college-age students with intellectual disabilities ages 18+ years from anywhere in the State of Alabama and beyond.  The overarching purpose of the CrossingPoints Summer Bridge Program is to provide college-age students with intellectual disabilities a structured opportunity to experience, explore, and develop skills for pursuing postsecondary education at an institution of choice. The program takes place during the two UA summer terms (June and July) following the University summer school calendar. Participating students reside in UA dorms and participate in curriculum that is a blend of CrossingPoints-specific courses and can select up to two UA courses based upon eligibility and interests. Enrolled students will have the opportunity to deepen and hone their self-advocacy and self-determination skills in order to function with a greater degree of independence in areas of social integration, independent living, employment, and academics at UA or in one of two local IHEs of their choice (Shelton State Community College or Stillman College) or at a postsecondary program of choice with follow-along services provided by CrossingPoints personnel for the project duration. Then participants will be recruited from UA's two partner Local Education Agencies (LEAs), LEAs in the high poverty Black Belt region and other rural counties of Alabama as well as elsewhere in the State of Alabama and the nation. ​In addition, students, along with their undergraduate mentors, participate in recreation activities and supported community outings.

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
Number of students: 15
Description of our summer transition program:

The Summer Bridge program is ONLY a summer transition program. 

School district or agency partner: Tuscaloosa City Schools
Contact person: Tuscaloosa County Schools
Deadline to apply to this program: January 2019
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 19+
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 68%
Cost of the program: Approximately $3,100 per summer
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)
  • Scholarships
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

During the CrossingPoints Summer Bridge Program students participate in up to 2 college courses (1 during June term and 1 during July term).

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

There are a variety of courses offered to only our students that focus on specific skills and knowledge that they need to know in order to be most successful (example: financial management, decision making, etc.)

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Summer Bridge Certificate of Completion
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 53%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Fraternity and Sorority Activities
Student Organizations/Clubs
Intramural Sports

Last updated: Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 11:45