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Drezek Certificate of Occupational and Life Skills

Drezek Certificate of Occupational and Life Skills
Goodwin University
Drezek Certificate of Occupational and Life Skills
1 Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 6118
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Program Contact Salvatore Menzo
Program Contact Email
Phone 860-913-2173

An inclusive college program specifically for students with intellectual disabilities resulting in competitive integrated employment and independence in community living including accessing community resources. Students who satisfactorily complete the program will earn a Drezek Certificate of Occupational and Life Skills.

Note: As of August 2022, this program is still in the development phase. If you are interested in the program status, please reach out to the listed contact.

Program information submitted: March 11, 2021

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 0
This program will be serving students in: 2023-2024
Summer program name N/A
Description of our summer transition program:

Students have the opportunity to take summer courses and participate in summer work experience and other available offerings.

Summer program link: N/A
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18 - 26
  • Must have documented evidence of intellectual disability

Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
  • ABLE accounts or special needs trust funds

Scholarships available:


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
More about course access:

Students who are taking courses for credit are expected to fulfill all requirements and objectives of that course using UDL opportunities. Students who audit courses have developed individual learning agreements with their college faculty for which they will receive credit. All coursework, whether for credit or audit, counts as clock hours towards the Drezek Certificate of Occupational and Life Skills.

Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Drezek Certificate of Occupational and Life Skills
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

We anticipate that 100% of students will participate in integrated work experiences

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: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes