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HWS College Experience

HWS College Experience
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
HWS College Experience
311 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Program Contact Wendy Nelson
Phone 585-919-2163

Individuals participating in the College Experience are between the ages 18 and 26. They are actively involved in campus life. Students utilize all aspects of the College Experience, from athletic facilities to cafeterias to actual classes. The college campus provides a learning environment that promotes independence and community involvement. The program is designed to explore employment interests or day service opportunities through internships at local businesses in the community. In addition, the program concentrates on improving social and communication skills and expand and enhance life skills such as money management, community independence and self-advocacy.

Program information submitted: February 26, 2021

Public or private: Public
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
Number of students: 4
This program will be serving students in: 2021-2022
Summer program name 12 month program
Description of our summer transition program:
Summer program link: 12 month program
School district or agency partner: Ontario ARC
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
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Cost of the program:
Additional costs:
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:
  • OPWDD CPV Waiver
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? No
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion from Ontario ARC... walks at graduation
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: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: College Club joint with HWS students and College Experience Program. Joint class as well in 1 calendar year