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Garden State Pathways to Independence: Transitions to Higher Education and Employment for Students with ID

Garden State Pathways to Independence: Transitions to Higher Education and Employment for Students with ID
Bergen Community College
Garden State Pathways to Independence: Transitions to Higher Education and Employment for Students with ID
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 7652

The Turning Point Program is a unique two-year post-secondary experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities interested in continuing their education. The program utilizes student-centered planning, enhanced academic and peer mentoring support to provide an inclusive college experience that promotes the advancement of skills and knowledge in the areas of career/vocational skill development, academic enrichment, and socialization. Program goals focus on assisting students in developing the skills and experiences necessary to prepare them for adult life in the areas of employment, self-determination and decision making skills. Participants who successfully complete all program requirements will receive a non-degree Certificate of Achievement through the Division of Continuing Education. The Division of Continuing Education and Turning Point Program are now teaming up to offer a variety of Career Path credentialing options to enrolled students. Successful completion of these credentialing options will assist students in attaining competitive employment within their chosen field after graduation. Current Career Path options include: Child Development, Associate Dietary Aide, Manufacturing, and OSHA 10

*Additional Career Path credentialing options will be announced in 2017

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-30
  • clearly documents diagnosis of intellectual disability, basic skills in literacy and numeracy, strong desire to continue their education.
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
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)
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
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: Certificate of Achievement
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Continuing education credential
  • Just for students in this program
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Child Development Associate, Dietary Aide, Manufacturing, OSHA 10.  Additional career path credentials will be announced in 2017.



Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Last updated: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 11:28