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Keep Achieving at Brookdale

Keep Achieving at Brookdale
Brookdale Community College
Keep Achieving at Brookdale
1158 Wayside Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07712
Program Contact Karen Halloran
Phone 732.493.1919

The Arc of Monmouth collaborated with Brookdale Community College in 2010 to launch a pilot program, Keep Achieving (Kach) at Brookdale to address the needs of transitioning young adults with Intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). In order to be considered as a Kach students, an individual must be at least 21 years old and have competed their educational entitlement OR 18 years old, refereed and sponsored by their high school’s Child Study Team. An individual must demonstrate a desire to improve their lives through continuing education, improving life skills and exploring employment or volunteer opportunities.

Kach provides a variety of classroom and experiential learning at Brookdale Community College consisting of sic (6) college semesters over a three-year period. The Arc of Monmouth and Brookdale Community College identified five areas of need for transition students into the community: Self-determination, employment or volunteer opportunities, post-secondary education, vocational training, and community involvement/volunteering.

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
Number of students: 18
School district or agency partner: The Arc of Monmouth
Contact person: Karen Halloran
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26
  • Or have completed their educational entitlement (age 21)
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 3 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:
  • Local School District funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available:

• High School Sponsorship funding for 3 years
• DDD/Medicaid funding through the state

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
More about course access:

The Kach Curriculum (self-contained classes)

  • Year 1 ONLY - Reading/Literacy, Functional Math, Introduction to College, Healthy Relationships and Conflict Management, Career Awareness/Exploration, Self-Advocacy
  • Year 2 ONLY Reading/Literacy, Functional Math and Career Awareness
  • Year 3 ONLY Independent Living and Career Development/Employment
Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between half the time and 75% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 25%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 25%
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: Between half and 75% of the time
Last updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 13:23